First Lady Michelle Obama often beats her husband to the gym in the morning but they usually spend part of their work out together. She writes on iVillage, where she is guest editor, that she and the President watch ESPN SportsCenter during their workouts and catch up.
“”Barack and I work out every day,” the first lady told the site in an interview to appear online this week. “I usually get to the gym before he does. But he is usually there either in the middle of my workout or right at the end. And we’re watching ‘SportsCenter’ and we’re catching up. That’s why I know so much about sports … and you start having an opinion about (New York Jets quarterbacks Tim) Tebow and Mark Sanchez.””
“If she’s on the road, Mrs. Obama often brings a jump rope, she adds. “If I don’t have a rope or space, I might do a 30-minute routine that includes a minute of jumping jacks alternating with a minute of push-ups, then some sit-ups. You take a 30-second break and do it again.”
(The article also reveals their food weaknesses!)
Michael and I rarely go to the gym at the same time. I usually go in the mornings after dropping the kids off at school and he goes at night after work. But when we are there together we rarely talk and rarely do the same type of exercise. (I’m sure the White House gym is smaller than my local Y making it easier for the Obamas to chat.)
Michael uses a lot of free weights and I use the machines. Also I like the elliptical and swimming and he never does either. He uses basketball for his cardio. He won’t ever attend classes with me. I tried to get him to go this crazy weights/burst class where you so stations of exercise. It was led by a man but Michael still thought it was girly.
There is one couple that Michael sees at the gym at night. They’ve both lost a ton of weight and Michael thinks it’s because they are doing it together, encouraging each other and making it harder to skip going.
Do you work out with hubby? Does it help keep you both motivated? Do you use the same equipment? Will he go to classes with you?