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Don't Exercise With Co-Workers or Clients

Exercising with co-workers or clients is a bad idea
Don't Exercise With Co-Workers or Clients
Illustration by Al Murphy

We e-mail from our beds, tote our laptops home for the holidays, and ensure the ski cabin has Wi-Fi. The only time we’re ever untethered is at the gym, when our smartphone’s in the locker and our mind’s consumed with not falling off the treadmill. Working out is our last respite from our colleagues, the one place we are truly alone.

It used to be, at least. Group fitness programs such as Physique 57, Barry’s Bootcamp, and CrossFit, not to mention countless peppy cycling studios, have outpaced the megagyms of the last decade, and their emphasis on community and team building has bled into the corporate sphere. “Salespeople have stopped winning clients with a four-course dinner or hours of drinks,” says Gabby Etrog Cohen, the director of marketing at SoulCycle spinning studios. “Instead, they just book a class.”