Do Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Really Work Out Together?

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are the definition of “couple goals.” Successful, gorgeous, obviously in love, and amazing parents, this power couple seems to have it all figured out. They’re also the faces of a big Gatorade campaign— and their commercials? Adorable. 

People would expect an NBA star like Wade to push himself in the gym, but Union seems to be just as determined. Seeing them sweating side-by-side has left some people wondering if the commercials reflect real life. Does this couple actually hit the gym together?

The Gatorade ad campaign

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The theme of the Gatorade ads seems to be competition. They show Union spurring Wade on, challenging him to keep up. There’s even a little trash talk. 

In one commercial, “G Zero Effect,” they start out on rowing machines. Union glances over at Wade’s settings, and smirks, “Level three, huh? That’s a start.” She then cranks her machine way up, and as they work out she teases, “NBA champion?” As their workout continues, their playful competition is infectious. A couple on a bike ride start pedaling harder, and two runners pick up their pace, turning a jog into a race. 

The most recent commercial, “Back At It,”  follows the same concept. As Wade and Union dial up their gym routine, couples around them share a glance, then start trying to outdo each other.

The ads are adorable, but they’ve got fans wondering: is all this side-by-side sweating just for the cameras, or do they really work out together?

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade embracing, smiling at the camera
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They’re both fitness buffs

While it’s no surprise that an athlete like Wade works out regularly, Union’s commitment to exercise might surprise you. She’s a long-time gym rat, and not just because she wants to look good. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol run in her family, and she’s aware of what these diseases can do.  “And I know that can lead to an early death. I want to be a vital and energetic part of my family for a long time, not to be big mama in a rocking chair in the TV room, or huffing and puffing just going up stairs. I work out not because I get off on it, but because I want to live!”

Both Wade and Union regularly post their workouts on social media, sometimes individually and sometimes together. One Instagram video they posted outlined their routine, with the two of them taking turns working on the StairMaster, doing leg presses, using the cable machine, balance moves on a step, shoulder presses, and planks. 

They value exercising together

It makes sense that two people who like both exercising and each other this much would naturally enjoy working out together. And to hear them talk about it, getting sweaty together is something they love. 

Wade doesn’t think his NBA star status makes him better than her in the gym. He shows respect for his wife’s athletic prowess, saying, “I think it’s great because we’re both in the gym all the time working out. My wife is an athlete too.”

Union has said that she loves exercising together as a couple and also with the kids, because of how it strengthens relationships. “Training together, struggling, failing, trying to get better—it’s been a cool thing that doesn’t feel like, ‘Let’s go talk about our feelings.'”

Clearly, this amazing couple has managed to get another thing right. They’re not just successful and fit, but they have managed to stay that way together. Even though their Gatorade commercials highlight the way they push each other in the gym, it’s clear that they also use their workout time to connect.