Barack Obama Is Totally Jacked, And This Is A Good Thing


I read an article about how jacked our next president is Barack Obama’s workout habits in the Washington Post, and I thought it was fucking cool. For one, I 100% agree with his decision to incorporate 60-90′ of working out into his daily routine. If you read the article, you’ll see that he gets his gym time in WITHOUT FAIL, even when he was on the road campaigning, and that he derives a ton of benefits from working out, not the least of which is good health. You might think that the gym is a bit of a luxury, especially for the President-Elect, but I disagree and think you’re kind of a tool if you don’t want the president to hit the gym regularly. I happen to think that EVERY SINGLE person in a modern society should find the time to do some kind of sport or workout, 5-6 days per week, for their entire lives, no matter how busy you are. Presidents especially. The last thing I want is a lardass for a Commander-in-Chief who could keel over any minute from a lifetime of sitting on his ass and eating fatty foods.

Obviously, there are tremendous health benefits, but also just importantly, working out regularly is good for your mental health. You feel good, you look good, and you are a better person, period.

I’m fortunate that I happen to work across the street from a gym, so I lift for exactly 40′ during lunch. I shower, change, and am back to work before my lunch hour is up.  I eat at my desk. I usually do this routine 4 days per week. I also belong to a sports club, and I play my sport three days per week typically, usually in the early morning before work, but occasionally afterwards. I also work out on Saturdays and Sundays, which means I do something seven days per week. I may take two days off per month, but I try not to. My training intensity is mild enough that I can work out 30 days in a row and not injure myself or burn out. If I’m in training for a competition, I structure my training and take days off when needed for recovery purposes.

When I work out regularly, I find that I have increased physical energy, significantly better sleep patterns, a regular appetite (and one where I crave healthful foods), increased sex drive (also more creativity in the sack), and significantly higher creativity energy. I consider creativity my most important asset, so this last one is super important. If I get in a good workout, I can double my creative fuel in a 24 hour period.

Also, interestingly, I get a serious creative high right after a good workout, for about an hour or two. This coincides with the post-workout endorphin rush, and I liken it to the creative bump that people get when they drink coffee. My brain is firing on all cylinders and I make connections and intuitive leaps I wouldn’t make normally. The difference is, my creative rush is much stronger and smoother after a workout (there’s also no hangover like from caffeine). Again, this is really important because I output a high level of creativity for my various endeavors, work and otherwise.

The bottom line is, get your ass to the gym if you’re not already doing so. Make it a resolution for 2009 and follow through.  For a counter point on Obama’s fitness, see this blog by Joel Achenbach.

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  • Holly Hoffman

    I agree! 60-90′ per day is a bit too intense for me, but I get in a solid workout routine 6 days a week (I get Friday off if I want). I run three times a week, which is my favorite, and I do one day each upper body & lower body strength training (this is actually really important, ladies, it makes for strong bones later in life), and one day of yoga. I find that this gives me a good balance, so I don’t get burnt out on any one thing and I working different muscle groups.

    Since I started working out last year, I don’t know how I ever did without it. If I miss two days in a row, I feel lethargic and drained. How do people not exercise??

    Holly Hoffman´s last blog post…How I Found Our Voices

  • Hammer

    This is something that I still haven’t adopted yet. I don’t have a good reason for it, just laziness I guess. I know I should do it, but I keep putting it off because I just hate working out for the sake of working out. I’ve been thinking of taking up boxing, which I’m sure I’d enjoy if I did it, but haven’t taken the time to go gym shopping yet.

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  • Lance

    I recommend working on getting into a regular fitness routine BEFORE working on your outer game. This has far ranging benefits, and it makes you more attractive to boot.

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  • lisaq

    I think it’s very cool that he’s so dedicated to working out. I go through periods when I work out like crazy and others (like now) when I should be working out more. I definitely need to get back into a routine…

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  • Kiera

    I completely forgot about my post-workout productivity/creativity boost. That was the final push I needed to join my gym again!

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  • dadshouse

    Working out is great! I get a serious runners high, and my most creative thoughts come to me when I’m out cycling. I think Obama is setting a better workout example than California’s Governator. Arnold did too many steroids in his day.

    dadshouse´s last blog post…Holiday Hookup

  • Lance

    I think of Obama in the same way I think of Tiger Woods, the best of the best, and someone who uses fitness to bolster his occupation.

  • Brad

    Yeah… it’s def important to figure out WHY you’re working out… or it’ll never stick.

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  • Americano