Think you could do a better job balancing the budget than the presidential candidates? Now, you can test your skills at a new, free workout open to the public inspired by (and parodying) the election season.
The "Fit For Office" workout will run into October at select My Sports Club locations. Each cardio and strength move in the 55-minute routine (complete with patriotic playlist) has been dubbed an appropriately-political name, like "Paul Ryan Abs" or "Michelle Obama Arms." A turn at "Balancing the Budget" requires physical balancing, "Swing States" make good use of kettlebells and box jumps have been re-named "Get on Your Soapbox," according to a statement.
"With all of the excitement surrounding the 2012 Presidential Election, we wanted to give New Yorkers a chance to break a sweat and show some muscle for their party of choice," Melissa Morin, Senior Director of Group Exercise Programming for the Sports Clubs said in the statement. "Whether you're up against yourself or someone else, an election -- just like an awesome workout -- is competitive by design. With these parallels in mind, Sports Clubs saw the presidential rundown as an opportunity to provide a fun and fresh take on fitness to our members."
Lisa Elaine Held of Well + Good NYC gave the "Fit For Office" workout a whirl. She wrote:
While the names of exercises are silly, the circuit-style training is anything but. After a short warm-up (The Primary), you hit the Campaign Trail, a series of stations pre-set for exercises like kettlebell swings (Swing States), sit-ups with oblique twists (Paul Ryan abs), and battle ropes swinging (Battle Ground). You spend 50 seconds at each station with only a 10-second break in between.
No stranger to themed fitness, New York Sports Club held "Train Like A Tribute" sessions in honor of "The Hunger Games" in March and April of this year.
The singer has long been a fitness devotee, and used to consider herself primarily a runner. But since having son Wyatt, she looked for something less time consuming and now swears by P90X, according to this red carpet interview.
The Baltimore Ravens linebacker added P90X to his off-season training several years ago, and credits it for helping him continue to play, even at an age (37) when many athletes begin to retire. "I just incorporated it in a lot of different places in my workouts, and it's given me the challenge that I needed," Lewis told NFL.com in 2009.
Erin Andrews, ESPN sportscaster and former Dancing with the Stars competitor got into P90X while on the road with her ESPN crew, she told US Weekly, adding that the program caused her to shed so many pounds that she switched to full-calorie soda in an attempt to retain weight. (NB: Healthy Living does not endorse soda as a weight maintenance strategy!)
The Democrat congressman from North Carolina and former Washington Redskins pro was the first to join Ryan in the Congressional gym for P90X workouts while their colleagues used the machines, according to a 2010 feature in the Washington Post. He has since said that the program has helped him slim down and prevent injuries from other sports and activities.
Faced with the prospect of appearing shirtless on-screen, the Two and a Half Men actor decided to ramp up his fitness efforts, including P90X in his routine, according to FitSugar.
Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboy star Emmitt Smith is another pro athlete who's also a devotee of the fitness program, albeit in retirement. "I just started to get into P90X," he told journalists during a press conference two years ago.
The singer Pink's on-the-road routine is not for the faint of heart -- and it was inspired by her brother and his wife, who are both in the Air Force, according to an article in Women's Health: I went [to visit them and she's doing P90X]. I couldn't keep up with her -- and she'd just had her first baby four weeks ago. I was like, This is bullshit! I will perfect this thing! So usually, I wake up and do an hour of cardio, then an hour of P90X or yoga, then a half-hour of warm-up [during show rehearsal]. I do that six days a week.
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