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Barack Obama’s Gym Routine Revealed


Not his usual workout attire.Photo: Getty Images

A Politico.com reporter spied on Barack Obama at the gym this week and reported exactly what the presidential candidate wore and lifted. Apparently Barack’s gym outfit includes a Secret Service cap, gray T-shirt, black running pants, and white Asics sneakers. Also, he works out with Reggie Love, for which we are totally jealous. From Politico:

Obama ran a full body workout. Calf raises (70 lbs). Lying triceps presses but with single 15 lbs dumbbells in each hand, his cap falling off. After the set he got up, placed the weights back and only then reached down and picked up his cap, ever so gradually. Shoulder presses. Step ups with a high platform, clasping dumbbells. He had a prescribed workout on paper that Reggie held. Though at times Obama did his own thing, focusing mostly on his triceps. In one set he started with 50 lbs for overhead dumbbell extensions. He lifted it once, grimacing. He moved straight away to 40 lbs. Later, in the corner of the gym he did calf raises alone, lifting about 80 lbs and then cleaning the bench afterward, slowly, weight by weight.”

We’ve learned two things from this paragraph. One, Barack doesn’t lift like crazy but he’s clearly got a serious routine. And two, we could never run for president, because the idea of someone watching us at the gym and writing down what we do is literally our worst nightmare.

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Barack Obama’s Gym Routine Revealed