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does anyone feel that the exercise culture in consulting can be toxic? I’m all for exercise, but I feel like the consultants I know overdo it or spend $$$ to go to fancy exercise classes.

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I agree OP. I was never so body conscious until I started in consulting

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Traveling weekly, inadequate rest, eating out in several day stretches, for multiple meals a day - the typical life of a consultant - can be very hard on the body. Working out helps with all of that. I have no opinion one way or the other on what a person wants to spend on that. I for one am the go to the hotel gym at 3am so I can work out alone type.

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I have loved WFH because our personal attire, appearance and habits are not on full display to judgmental colleagues.

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I have felt that it is the opposite. Most people seem to be sporadic about their workouts because work gets in the way. I will say though that fancy classes and expensive equipment are usually worth it. Overpriced, yes. But far better than the alternatives. I have at $25 gym membership because there aren't great alternatives in my area. But I'd love a place that had towel service (for mat workouts), a sauna, newer equipment, etc. As for at home equipment. The Peloton for example is very overpriced. But it is great equipment if you can afford it. There are some newer competitors closing in, but it is leaps and bounds above a $800 bike.

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We have an exercise culture?

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I know I'm smart and got hired for it. Three years of consulting later, I still feel very body conscious while at work. I'm comfortable in my skin everywhere else but I feel like the pressure to look perfect comes from seeing everyone else in consulting looking sharp all the time. Everyone I know seems to make a bigger deal about their health and fitness more than the average person. For reference, I'm a size 12 and I often wonder if Deloitte's hiring policy is specifically sizes 8 and below 😒

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The consulting business, or hard core CEO facing work, demands a certain image and appearance. Tech groups are usually much more casual.

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What group are you in? I’m in systems engineering and haven’t felt that with the people I’ve been around. A lot of the people I’ve met workout but dress very chill and aren’t flashy.

!!! There’s a soul cycle/peloton cult in my office

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