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Chanhasssen Personal Trainer Creates Workout for Obama


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Regardless of your political views, one thing that has always struck me about President Obama is his relentless daily workout routine. He plays a ton of basketball and puts in his 45-60 minute workout day in and day out. He claims it sets the tone for his entire day- that it gives him the energy he needs to grapple with the world’s problems.

It is crucial for busy people, especially busy presidents, to workout. My physical fitness sets the tone for everything I tackle in business on a daily basis. I train hard and I never miss a workout. I bring this same intensity and persistence to my business. And, I can truly say that my ability to mentally and physically stick to my routine has prepared me for any and all challenges that I face. Everything just seems “easier” in comparison to a killer total body workout.

Now, I am just going to assume that there are going to be some days when President Obama might not have time to get in his typical 45-60 minute workout. Plus, if you’ve been following this blog regularly you know that recent research is showing that you can get more results in less time.

I suggest the below workout for President Obama. It will cut his workout routine by more than half to keep him on track just in case any last minute issues arise. This will not only help him maintain, if not increase, his current strength and conditioning level.

And I would further simplify the process for President Obama by designing body weight based workouts involve nothing more than resistance bands that can be done in the comfort of the Oval Office. Furthermore, every workout will start “outside in” by first recognizing how much time he has to workout each day and then matching the appropriate workout for that time frame.

The President’s Workout- Obama Style

Perform all strength workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Perform all cardio workouts on Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays. Play some hoops any time you can get.

If Obama has five minutes to workout: Strength Workout- Continuous Work: Perform max rounds of 10 reps of an upper body exercise (push-ups, rows, pull-ups, dips, etc.) and 20 reps of a lower body exercise (squats, deadlifts, hip extensions, lunges, etc.) for time. Cardio Workout- Tabata Intervals: Select one body weight cardio exercise (stationary running, jumping jacks, squat thrusts, alternating split jumps, ice skater jumps, etc.) OR one total body exercise (squat to presses, deadlift and curls, lunge and curl to press, swings, etc.) and perform 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for four straight minutes, followed by a one-minute rest.

If Obama has 10 minutes to workout: Strength Workout- Continuous Work: Perform max rounds of 10 reps of an upper body exercise (push-ups, rows, pull-ups, dips, etc.) and 20 reps of a lower body exercise (squats, deadlifts, hip extensions, lunges, etc.) for time. Cardio Workout- Tabata Intervals: Select one body weight cardio exercise (stationary running, jumping jacks, squat thrusts, alternating split jumps, ice skater jumps, etc.) OR one total body exercise (squat to presses, deadlift and curls, lunge and curl to press, swings, etc.) and perform 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for four straight minutes, followed by a one-minute rest. Then repeat this five-minute sequence one more time with the same exercise or with the exercise(s) of your choice.

If Obama has 20 minutes to workout: Strength Workout- Continuous Work: Perform two different 10-minute work zones. For work zone one, perform max rounds of 10 reps of an upper body pushing exercise (push-ups, dips, presses, etc.) and 20 reps of a double-leg lower body exercise (deadlifts, squats, hip extensions, etc.) for time. For work zone two, perform max rounds of 10 reps of an upper body pulling exercise (pull-ups, rows, curls, etc.) and 10 reps/leg of a single-leg lower body exercise (lunges, step-ups, single-leg hip extensions, etc.) for time. Cardio Workout- Tabata Intervals: Select one body weight cardio exercise (stationary running, jumping jacks, squat thrusts, alternating split jumps, ice skater jumps, etc.) OR one total body exercise (squat to presses, deadlift and curls, lunge and curl to press, swings, etc.) and perform 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for four straight minutes, followed by a one-minute rest. Repeat this five-minute sequence three more times with the same exercise or with the exercise(s) of your choice.

I’m sure the President will appreciate this killer fitness plan that works with, not against, his schedule as a courageous world leader. And if Obama can fit in his own personal workouts, you best believe there are no excuses for you not to do the same.

Now, get after it!

Justin Yule, B.S., CPT is a local Chanhassen and Online weight loss & fitness boot camp instructor and personal trainer.  He is also the author of The Science of Getting Fit: 6 Proven Steps to Achieve Your Weight Loss & Fitness Goals. For more great weight loss & fitness related articles and information visit www.JustinYule.com.