Shalom Life | September 21, 2014

Talking Fitness with Lawyers Jeremy Diamond & Jeff Levy

We chat with two top Toronto lawyers about how they stave off an “extra winter coat” and strive for that endorphin rush as Canadian weather slides into single digits

By: Jordan Mazza

Published: September 18th, 2014 in Health » World

In a world litany with adversarial types and billable hour quotas raining on your heads, many in the legal profession are notorious for their vices.

Stress not only does a number on our cognitive functioning, it also shoots cortisol levels skyrocketing. Cortisol is responsive for a great deal of weight gain, especially in males, which is ideal for both a subfreeze and a role moonlighting as Santa Claus.

We chat with two top Toronto lawyers about how they stave off an “extra winter coat” and strive for that endorphin rush as Canadian weather slides into single digits.


Jerry Diamond is the managing partner of Diamond and Diamond Personal Injury Lawyers.

Shalom Life: Describe to me your relationship with fitness as a young kid

Jeremy Diamond: I’ve always been an active guy, ever since I was little. I was an Ontario ranked racquetball champion as well as an avid hockey player so no matter what the season, I have always maintained a strict training schedule.

Working out has always been a major priority for me; I use it as a tool to clear my mind after a stressful day at work.

How often do you work out and what’s your standard regimen?

I work out twice a week with a trainer and on my own for four days. I try to make time to hit the gym during lunch when possible, otherwise I go right after work.

Chest and Triceps one day, Legs and biceps the next, and then abs and the rest on day three. It’s a cycle that has worked for me for years. I do try to rotate specific exercises though in order to keep challenging myself. I also really enjoy doing cardio so I go for a run whenever I get the chance when the weather permits. It’s a nice contrast against the city landscape.

Are you strict about your diet? Any cheat foods you can’t cut loose?

I am fairly cautious about what I eat. Breakfast is normally oat or bran cereals with juice and I try to only eat red meat once a week, and chicken and fish the other six days.

I pepper in some nuts, granola bars and fruits as snacks throughout the day. I try to stay away from heavier meals at nights except when I go to a great Italian restaurant.

My cheat foods is candy. Sad to say I have the same palate as my 5 year old and we love everything from Twizzlers to Big Feet. It is a Diamond family tradition. My father still gives out candy at synagogue every Friday.

What do you think is the biggest misconception regarding fitness and exercise?

I think the biggest misconception is that things will happen overnight. You start working out and expect immediate and automatic results. You need to be consistent. If I am on a vacation over 4 days I bring my workout clothes and hit the gym. You have to be all in. I also think people believe they can eat what they want if they work out. It’s simply not true. Can I eat more because I work out, sure, but I watch the scale and if go up a few pounds then the next week no carbs after 4p.m. It’s all about discipline. The good news is that if you are consistent your body will crave the exercise which will help with motivation.

How do you interweave fitness and exercise with your fast paced industry?

It is not always easy but I make it a priority. Like anything else you make time. I generally try to go at the same time every day so the staff know that during that time I will not physically be in the office. However if a meeting or something unforeseen during those times, I just make sure to go later or earlier. Worst case scenario I hit the treadmill in my basement. That’s not my first choice but I try to do something every day except Saturday. That is my one day off to rest.

One other point, because I deal with crazy amounts of stress daily going to the gym releases a lot of the pressure. I believe that this is what keeps my blood pressure normal. The exercise is the healthiest way to combat the anxiety you get dealing in a very aggressive and ruthless business.

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