Are ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ Contestants Expected to Stay In Shape?

There’s typically only one type of body featured on The Bachelor and Bachelorette: very in shape. The show’s made strides in racial diversity in recent years, but still has a long way to go in terms of every other form.

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Tayshia Adams | Rick Rowell via Getty Images

Colton’s season of The Bachelor, much like every other season, was filled with beautiful, similarly shaped women. Fitness and maintaining a certain physique is obviously important to the former Bachelor. All of us watching along at home were reminded of this fact thanks to the frequent, steamy shower scenes showing off the reality star’s nearly naked body.   

The contestants don’t have access to a gym

The contestants on the show are obviously chosen first and foremost because The Bachelor and Bachelorette producers think they will either be a good fit for the season’s star, or stir up drama and make for some good television. Though it’s not in the show’s official participation qualifications, there seems to be an unspoken rule that contestants also need to be universally hot.

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What’s interesting is that, though there is this unspoken emphasis on physical beauty, the contestants don’t have access to any workout equipment.

How ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ contestants work out

Former Bachelor contestant Molly Mesnick told The Ashley that there’s not much else to do at the mansion other than finding creative ways to work out.

“There’s no workout room here, but there’s a hill in the back that girls would run up to exercise. You can’t watch TV, there’s no Internet, there are no magazines, none of that,” she said.

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Former Bachelor Ben Higgins wrote on his blog that the men use their free time to get in workouts as well.

“If a contestant is not on a date, he or she has more free time to work out, nap, talk, and interview,” he writes.

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The Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants are not expected to stay in shape. In fact, without a proper gym to work out in and the option to eat and drink whatever they want, many contestants find themselves having gained a bit of weight during their time at the mansion.

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“We had a couple of huge jars in the kitchen full of junk food, most notably peanut butter M&Ms and Chris Soules’s favorite, Oreos. The couple pound jar would empty within a few days,” Ashley I. told Yahoo! of her time on The Bachelor. “When we got to hotels, we ate even more. We had boxes of Lucky Charms and Fruit Loops in the suites and three buffet style meals a day. It’s hard to pick up the salad tongs when you’ve got pulled pork sandwiches and macaroni and cheese sitting right next to it. I never chose salad. I always chose the massive brownies. Somehow I only gained five pounds. The scale went up a bit more for others.”

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