Going To The Gym At 10:30 A.M. On A Weekday Is Heavenly
I’m in between jobs right now which means a couple of things - 1. It’s very easy to fall into a wildly depressing rut and 2. Getting a pump in at the gym is of utmost importance. Outside of keeping regular hours on the weekdays (this means going to sleep and rising at the same time an employed person would), the one thing I can think of that will keep you sane while on the job hunt is exercise.
Personally I hate the gym. I despise it. Everything about it is boring to me, and when I’m employed the last thing I want to do is work out for an hour after a long day of sitting in the cube. Back when I was still employed last week (I was working a campaign, which means once the election is over I’m out of a job until something else comes along) I would make it a point to get to the gym before going into the office. This ensured that those squat racks and benches were less busy than they would be during peak hours at say 6 or 7 pm. But even then, there were times I’d find myself at the gym before work and say to myself “Ugh, why is this place so fucking crowded right now?” as if I was the only genius in the world who thought it would be a good idea to beat the rush. It’s silly, I know.
And while unemployment can be somewhat depressing, there is beauty in it if you look at this from a glass half full perspective. There are few things as nice as waking up at 7:30 in the morning on a Tuesday or Wednesday and leisurely preparing your breakfast. You’ve got nowhere to be, and you can take your time. You can have a third cup of coffee if you really want to, and guess what? You don’t even have to use your YETI tumbler. You can use a real, live coffee cup because it’s not like you’re commuting anywhere. And so 7:30 becomes 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. And then you brush your teeth and maybe pump out a cover letter and before you know it it’s 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. is the perfect time to go to the gym. The early crowd has been long gone into work, and the only people you’re going to find at the squat rack are maybe a personal trainer and some MILF that looks like she might be looking for a new partner. The world is your oyster inside of a gym at 10:30 a.m. on a weekday. You want to do some split lunge jumps and take up a bunch of space near the water fountain? You want to power clean on some prime real estate where there would usually be people stretching? Go for it.
You can get two separate lifts in during the day when you don’t have a job which is a beautiful thing. You can get on Twitter for 10 ten minutes in between sets on the bench and not have anyone give you the stink eye for taking too long. No one is coming up to you and asking if they can work in while you’re resting and like I said - the most ridiculous, space consuming workouts you can possibly think of are possible when it’s 10:30 or 11 o’ clock in the morning on a weekday.
If you think about it in these terms, being unemployed isn’t so bad at the end of the day. Just make sure you’re getting some applications done before and after your two and a half hour workout.