There was a time in this country when we looked to the resident of the White House as a moral beacon, someone who lived the kind of life we should all aspire to. And then it all went to pot, with the lying, the malaise, the confusion, the blowjobs… And then, most recently, the complete and total incompetence alloyed with dull, animal arrogance. Look, we know Barack Obama is far from perfect, but maybe things are looking up? At the very least, your new president is in great shape, and if we learn just one life-lesson from our new commander-in-chief, let it be about conquering fatness. And if you’re one of those people who says, “It’s more about genes than routines,” we’ve also provided some handy get-fit guides corresponding to six of our favorite presidents. So there’s something for everyone. Even Taft!
An Hour a Day, Or We Bomb Canada
According to multiple sources on the internet, President Obama gets pouty if he doesn’t get his daily workout, which he prefers first thing in the morning. Of his six weekly exercise sessions, Barry reserves two for cardio workouts (stationary bike, elliptical machine, treadmill) and four for weight training (mainly free weights). Like most of us, he works out with an iPod and will read the paper while warming up on the bike. No word yet on his preferred exercise playlists, but we’re gonna go with a nice mix of Public Enemy, Elvis Costello and Beyoncé — but we’d probably be wrong. And if you really want to do it like the President, munch on a chocolate, roasted-peanut protein bar when you’re finished working out. It also helps to have Secret Service guys spotting you.
The Sporting Life
Not only does the president work out six days a week, he also takes every opportunity to play whatever sport he can, whenever he can. As most know, his favorite is basketball (the video clip of Obama sinking a three-pointer without any warm-up, while wearing khakis, was the turning point of the primaries), and his least favorite has got to be bowling, a proletariat (read, white and tubby) “sport” that almost cost him the nomination. The president is also comfortable on the golf course and is a big football fan, but if there’s any doubt about his sport of choice, there’s a very good chance Obama will be putting a basketball half-court into the White House, right after fixing the economy and adopting a puppy.
Why You Should Care
Well, honestly, Barack Obama is the perfect example for anyone trying to get in shape. He doesn’t use any magic bullet machines (as seen on TV) or fad diets — he’s all about commitment and common sense, finding a good balance between routine and variety. There’s no shortcut to getting in better shape, you just need to watch what you eat and get some decent exercise at least three times a week. And you, too, shall have hope. (Smoking is also a good way to keep the pounds off.)
Insofar as he’s an “any place, any time” kind of guy with his workouts, Obama would probably favor ubiquitous gyms like Crunch, which is offering 50% off their enrollment fee, plus two free training sessions if you join before February (crunch.com), or New York Sports Club, which is waiving the initiation fee through January (mysportsclubs.com).
The President of Triceps (A Sample Exercise)
As any real jock knows, “curls are for girls” (i.e. biceps are less important for doing sporty things; apparently, the triceps do most of the good stuff). As such President Jockbama is a big fan of working the triceps, those little bundles of usefulness on the back of the arm, above the elbow. Here’s one of his preferred exercises… The Lying Tricep Press!