The Barack Obama Workout

November 7, 2008 · Print This Article

You better believe that Barack Obama hits the weights and works out hard.

He knows that challenging workouts help you feel better and help you have more productive days.

Exercise, Obama says, is the key to remaining fresh and focused in the face of a punishing schedule. “The main reason I do it is just to clear my head and relieve me of stress,” he told an American fitness magazine. “My blood pressure is pretty low and I tend to be a healthy eater.”

“Most of my workouts have to come before my day starts,” he told Men’s Health. “There’s always a trade-off between sleep and working out. Usually I get in about 45 minutes, six days a week. I’ll lift [weights] one day, do cardio the next. “I wish I was getting a 90-minute workout,” he added. But even at his current pace, Obama will have spent at least another 2,700 minutes in the gym before inauguration day on January 20.

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Very cool stuff.

Here is another interesting read for you.

Have you done any of these exercises that Obama is doing below?

Obama ran a full body workout. Standing tricep push downs, elbows tight to his hips. 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. He walked around that way, sauntering, squinting beneath his cap, a little stiff legged, like a man who had just finished a long run.”

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As a personal trainer, I can tell which people are pushing themselves hard and are focused on their goals. If you put the weights down in the middle of a set, you have just wasted a set! If you’re a busy person, you can’t afford to be in the gym having crappy workouts because you are not taking your training seriously.

If you couldn’t tell, I really dig that Obama finished his set and re-racked the weights before grabbing his hat.

If you are gonna spend time in the gym and your goal is to make serious improvements then stay focused on your workout while you are in there.

Shut out all distractions. Leave all the excuses behind. Stop worrying if someone is looking at you (or  quit looking at him/her :)). You are there to workout aren’t you?

An hour at the gym is a truly magical hour. An hour at the gym is a great way to manage your energy. It’s the time where you leave everything else behind and concentrate on one single thing. Make the most of it.

The hat can wait.

Don’t forget to re-rack your weights!

Stay strong,

Chris Ranes

Certified Personal Trainer

Honolulu, Hawaii


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