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Obama Hits the Gym 48 Days in a Row

President-elect Barack Obama knows that nothing beats stress like a rigorous workout, and between selecting his cabinet members, getting a head start on his plans for the economy, and traveling to Hawaii for his late grandmother's memorial service, Obama has continued to make time for exercise. In fact, it seems his commitment to fitness has only intensified as inauguration day draws nearer.

Obama's workout streak has lasted for several weeks, and it's reported that he's been exercising 90 minutes a day for at least 48 days in a row. Marty Nesbitt, one of Obama's closest friends from Chicago, said, "He does it every day like clockwork. He doesn't think of it as something he has to do — it's his time for himself, a chance for him to reflect. It's his break. He feels better and more revved up after he gets in his workout."

To see what the president-elect does during a typical workout,


Obama covers his bases in the gym, dividing his time between weight-lifting and a cardio rotation including a stationary bike, elliptical, and treadmill. A protein bar and organic iced tea are a typical post-workout snack for this fitness fiend. We can expect to see our next president exercising throughout his term — exercise is no fad for Obama, who has been working out at least six days a week since he was 22 years old. Let's just hope he can find a way to lay off those unhealthy cigarettes, once and for all.


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mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 8 years
Goodness what's my excuse?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I only came on here to say... who gives a rat's ass that other people give a rat's ass about how many times Obama works out? Or something like that.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
Hopefully it gets American's out there working out this year. Most of us can use it (me included)
Sugasuga29 Sugasuga29 8 years
I only came on here to say...who gives a rat's ass how many times a week Obama works out??
javsmav javsmav 8 years
He works out (worked out? I guess he moved now) at the gym in my boyfriend's apartment building. Almost every time I visited my boyfriend there were swarms of secret service in the hallways. He's very consistent. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress (something he should know a thing or 2 about), but it's good to take a rest day every now & then.
coco-cat coco-cat 8 years
awe, good for him :]
mod16 mod16 8 years
man. im jelaous
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'm glad that Obama is so committed to being fit, but I really do hope that he's just as committed to quitting smoking soon. Maybe he's using exercise as a replacement for cigarettes. Because if he keeps it up, it's going to be really tough for him to be keeping up with his workouts.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I feel so lazy right now.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Good to workout Not good to overtrain Everyone needs a rest day.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
That's crazy, but awesome! Definitely a good lead by example type of thing. I know Bush used to run, but I think he cut back or gave it up because I read something about him saying how hard it was on your body and his knees were paying for it.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 8 years
One of the only things I like about Obama is his commitment to exercise, but I read it was more like 45 minutes every day - at least that's what I think Men's Health had said. President Bush is an avid runner but that doesn't seem to get all this attention.
smarler smarler 8 years
I worry that he'll start taking criticism for this once he takes office -- you know, "Barack spends valuable time exercising when he could be saving the economy" sort of junk. I think it's great - we need a president who takes care of himself this well!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
everyone's been talking about this so much - i wonder how that's going to change once he's in office since you know that it's going to be hard for him to keep it up. i think that it does set a good example
Boricua Boricua 8 years
How do we know he's actually working out, and not chainsmoking?
MissMeow MissMeow 8 years
Wow, this has inspired me to get my lazy butt up and start working out every day. If somebody as busy as the president elect can find time, then I definitely can.
Feesje Feesje 8 years
That's cool. Here I am, worrying that going to the gym 3 times a week would take too much time, and the president-elect manages to do it for an hour and a half every day. Hat's off.
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