Presidential Fitness

Presidential Fitness

The President's Challenge Arrives In My Inbox, And Is Sadly, Kinda Lame

A few months ago, I enthusiastically signed up for the President's Physical Fitness Challenge, and despite Glenn Beck's response claim that the government was only using fitness tracking to monitor my brain activity, I continued to feel unbridled enthusiasm for the administration's efforts to get me and my fellow Americans moving. Until, that is, I got the "Fitness is Fun" newsletter in my inbox today. It was from "President's Challenge," and it's kicky opening line: "You have received the September 2010 issue of Fitness is Fun, the official e-mail distribution of the President's Challenge." Which reminds me of the way my mom used to always start her text messages "This is MOM" until she figured out 1) I knew it was her; 2) caps were also unnecessary.

President's Gym Mat
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Mr. Mohawk said "

1. Did I dream up an anti-Obama fitness post yesterday, or has it ..." More comments...

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Barack's Basketball Birthday

You could just eat cake for your birthday. Or, if you're the president, you could do something much cooler. On Sunday, Barack Obama threw together a pretty decent basketball team, including folks like LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, and Bill Russell, to put on an exhibition game to boost morale among injured soldiers at Fort McNair. Follow that up with a little White House barbecue, and you've got a rather nice celebration. No comment from Barack himself, but basketball buddy and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, "We had a heckuva lot of fun. It was an amazing day." "Heckuva lot of fun" is politician-speak for "f-ing awesome." 

Barack B-ball (via <a href="http://blogs.watoday.com.au/executive-style/allmenareliars/BarackObamaBasketball.html">watoday</a>)

leximaven said "

woops... double post, sorry!

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Michelle and Barack's Super Secret Love of Pilates

Who knew the Obamas were into Gyrotonic? According to the internet, no one other than this West Village Pilates studio. The closest documentation I can find is Michelle telling Oprah she'd like to try Pilates. Maybe when the studio says the Obamas, they mean some cousins, also surnamed Obama...

Chalk Sign

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Michelle Obama Picks Drew Brees and Dominique Dawes to Whip Kids Into Shape

Michelle Obama visited an elementary school in D.C. yesterday to announce the new co-chairs of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, aka, the council that made you do the v-shit and reach and dangle while attempting to do pull-ups for all those years. Her picks: The MVP of this year's Super Bowl, Drew Brees, and Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes. You may recall that in addition to the whole playing football all the time thing, Drew Brees is hooked on TRX. Not exactly clear what co-chairing the council entails for Dominique and Drew, but starring in workout videos for kids seems to be part of the gig. Check out the pretty cute Dominique Dawes/Sesame Street "Froggy Jump" video after the jump.

Froggy Jumps (via <a href="http://www.fitness.gov/">fitness.gov</a>)
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President Obama Wants You To Take A Hike

This morning, in a speech at the Department of the Interior, President Obama announced a new "Great Outdoors" initiative. Sort of like Michelle's "Let's Move" campaign, but in the woods. One of the stated goals: "[To] help families spend more time outdoors, building on what the First Lady has done through the 'Let’s Move' initiative to encourage young people to hike and bike and get outside more often." Details still unclear, though country-wide "listening sessions" (which sounds like something that involves way too much sitting) are part of the agenda. (via Outside). 

Obama at Yellowstone (via <a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/image/56755">Pete D'Souza</a>)

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Obama Asks for a Mulligan

If you listen to radical leftist radio in the morning, you would assume that President Barack Obama has sold out like late '70s disco: Pandering to Wall Street, half stepping on gays, watering down health care. "Where's the guy we elected??" five or six angry protestors are shouting right now in front of the White House gates. BUT THAT'S NOTHING compared to this morning's news from the Wall Street Journal: Barack has taken up golf. He came in playing hoops, and 12 months later he's already on the back nine. Oh Uncle Tom! There's  one saving grace, however: He's awful. Like really bad. Can he hit the long ball? "Eh, not so much," says his pro. "His score is a matter of national security," says David Axelrod. OK, we're centrist independents with a workout fetish, so we applaud the man's desire to get out and walk a little, not to mention his willingness to meet conservatives at the halfway house....

(See the Journal for excellent slide show of past Prezes playing golf. Thx Gawker for tip off.)

O-putt-A (Via <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125900966061461145.html">WSJ.com</a>.)

starry04 said "

I'm amused by this. 

I'm also excited that the state ..." More comments...

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Michelle Obama's Arm Workout Revealed

Cornell McClellan, Michelle Obama's trainer for the last twelve years, dishes on her "arm-shaping superset" in October's issue of Women's Health, which hits newsstands next week. Want your very own "first guns"? Here's the low down:

"Perform one set of tricep pushdowns using a straight bar attached to the high pulley of a cable station and then, without resting, follow with a set of hammer curls using dumbbells. Immediately repeat the entire process until two or three sets of both exercises have been completed."

But Women's Health is just the start. The Obamas are hitting Presidential Fitness hard this month. President Obama is gracing the cover of Men's Health (his second time), and Michelle's dominating with both Women's Health and Children's Health. The people at Rodale, the publisher of all three magazines, must be skipping around their cubicles. But why the White House push on the body Obama? Maybe it's stealth lobbying for Obama's new and improved Child Nutrition Act

Michelle Obama (via <a href=http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2009-03/45768234.jpg">Ron Edmonds/AP</a>)

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Medvedev Swims Laps

Russian President Medvedev likes to swim. Twice a day! 

“I swim in the mornings and evenings, in the morning I swim a long distance, and in the evening – a shorter. On average I swim about 1,000 to 1,500 meters a day to keep fit. I think that it is very important for everybody, including the president, as there is certain stress in my work, flights and trips.”

We imagine part of that "certain stress" is putting up with being Putin's puppet. Maybe that's why Medvedev chooses the solo sport of swimming.  All alone in the water, the master of his own workout...

B-ball (via <a href="http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii233/mikesilvia/Barack-Obama-Punahou-basketball.jpg">photobucket</a>)
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