How do bankers find the time to work out consistently?

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I have been to some networking sessions where the analysts are freakin' massive (I am talking about bodybuilder types). There was a MF VP that I met at a alum event that worked for 2 years in a top BB group --> 4 years at a MF known to work A LOT but this guy still looks like he hits the gym 5-6x a week minimum (I am talking about a guy who looks like he can start a bodybuilding channel on kidding). For bankers here who actually lift seriously (I am talking about 8-10 hours a week), how do you find the time?

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May 20, 2020


  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
May 20, 2020
  • wake up earlier if possible to get in a 1 hour workout
  • go during lunch and eat at desk
  • go at afternoon/night if activity is slow
  • after work if leaving office at reasonable time
  • utilize weekends to workout

one of the hardest part imo is the volatility if your schedule, but if you have a good grasp at it, then should be more doable. the hardest part for me though, is the energy to workout because soometimes i'll be burned out as fuck and the idea of doing deadlifts makes me want to cry

May 20, 2020

There's a lull around 6PM-8PM if you're not on a live deal. A lot of people hit the gym then and then come back to the office.

May 20, 2020

Most banks that aren't dysfunctional allow you to get a reasonable amount of exercise because it's to their own benefit to keep employees healthy. You may not be able to have a regularly scheduled workout time but even when I had a couple 100 hour weeks consecutively, I still went to the gym 3 hours per week.

May 20, 2020

Will largely depend on the people you work with. If you work with aholes that don't respect your time, good luck.


May 20, 2020

You really don't unless you're up early in the AM (and by early, i mean 5am).

Everyone says there's no such thing as "facetime"...well, i'm hear to tell you there absolutely is. As much as MD's and directors want to say that there isn't, there unfortunately is, and if you're a junior analyst/associate that isn't turning comments but instead are out getting your post-workout protein, you will not be looked at the same.

I truly wish this wasn't true, but unless you go in the AM or a gym that's open until 11pm, you sacrifice your health for the time youre in IB.

May 20, 2020

8.30/9am - 23.30/1am office -> 00.30/2am bed till 6am -> gym.. everyday + weekends before going to the office / go out for the afternoon

  • Intern in IB-M&A
May 22, 2020

You stick to that most weeks? Or do you get more sleep on other days...

May 23, 2020

I go like this 95% of the weeks and even during hard weeks I try to go 4/5 times to the gym. it helps me deal with bullshit request from people and remove a lot of stress from me, that's why I'm happy to sacrifice 2 hours of sleep per day

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May 23, 2020

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

May 20, 2020

They make it a priority and do it right when they wake up each day

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