And it’s not for the reason you’re guessing.
In the past 5 years of marriage Luke and I have changed our workout schedules and routines so many times we could write a book called “How to do Any Workout at Any time of Day.”
We have both worked out at night at home. We have both worked out in the morning at home. We have worked out at the same gym at the same time as well as at different times. We have worked out at different gyms at the same time and different gyms at different times.
We have written out schedules and discussed schedules and fumbled our way through compromise to make sure we both have time for our health.
Since my jump back into the world of gym membership last year we have tackled yet another combination, I head to the gym while and Luke heads to our basement.
The newest version of our workout routine generally takes place in the early morning with me waking up earlier than I prefer. A common phrase to come out of my mouth before this newest incarnation of my workout schedule was “I prefer to pretend 5:00 am doesn’t exist.” Now I am pretty aware that 5:00 am exists. Luke is too. Although I do generally get up and going before him. Just a little side note, not that I’m rubbing it in or anything.
Up until recently it didn’t matter if we worked out on the same mornings because Maddy would sleep either way.
The minute I open the garage door she comes running out of her room wide awake and ready to go which doesn’t effect my workout at all because I’m already on my way. I can’t say the same for Luke’s workout though.
After a couple of weeks off from workouts due to icky sore throat, runny/stuffy nose and cough I pulled myself out of bed this morning and made my way to my gym. As I was grabbing my things to go Luke came out of the bedroom dressed in his workout clothes.We crossed our fingers that because it was so early and the relative darkness outside Maddy would continue sleeping and we would both successfully burn some calories and build some muscle.
When I came home from the gym Luke was dressed and ready to go for work with everything sitting on the kitchen counter ready to go. It was pretty obvious he didn’t get his workout this morning. Even with my drive time I always get home before he makes it up the stairs after his last reps.
It turns out Maddy came running out of her room at 5:40 this morning when I open the garage and drove off to the gym. The dark morning sky and the early time didn’t make a difference.
I think this means the days of sweating at the same time in different places is over for Luke and me. The question is with two people who are dedicated to working out four times a week how does that schedule shake out? 7 days divided by 4 workouts times 2 people does not compute.
Let’s make this more complicated by saying both people like starting the day out with a great workout, meaning workouts before work.
And lets throw in the fact that the gym kids club doesn’t open until 8:00 am which is not feasible because of work schedules.
Seriously people what are we going to do?
Do you think the gym would notice if I brought Maddy with me in the morning to follow me around and hold my towel?
Do you think our consciences would notice if we let the TV babysit our child?
Do you think I should park the car down the street so that she won’t hear me pulling away?
Do you think I should take her back and exchange her for one of those newer models that doesn’t wake up when someone leaves the house?
Or maybe I should just be a good and rational mommy and wife and just workout at a different time of day?