Romney on Ryan’s P90X Regimen — `Might Have to Try That Someday’

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Rep. Paul Ryan tries to evade defender Rep. Duncan Hunter during a flag football practice on the Mall in this 2009 file photo.

Mitt Romney’s running mate goes for the “ripped” workout.

Romney, himself, likes his workouts the same way he likes most things: fast-paced and efficient, effective and without a lot of fuss.

While Republican vice presidential running mate Paul Ryan is known to favor celebrity trainer Tony Horton’s P90X “extreme home fitness” workout, Romney stays in shape with a more workaday routine: 30 to 40 minutes of cardiovascular exercise whenever he can.

The party’s presumptive presidential nominee demonstrated that today in the gym of his Columbus, Ohio, hotel, sharing his workout in the middle of a busy week of campaigning and fundraising with the traveling press. Clad in black athletic gear with only his Secret Service detail, two campaign aides and two reporters (including this one) traveling with his campaign for company, Romney sweated through 45 minutes on an elliptical trainer.

Still wearing makeup from a television interview this morning with CBS News, Romney didn’t make small talk or break his focus, only glancing up occasionally to gaze out at his view of the hotel pool deck.

Romney doesn’t get much variety in his workouts — he rotates among the elliptical trainer, stationary bicycle and treadmill — but with Ryan as his running mate, he may soon be branching out to P90X.

Ryan, the congressman from Wisconsin who chairs the House Budget Committee, is one of a number of House Republicans who’ve become devotees of P90X, a regimen billed as a “revolutionary system of 12 sweat-inducing, muscle-pumping workouts, designed to transform your body from regular to ripped in just 90 days.”

“You know, I have never tried that,” Romney told CBS. “I might have him show me how to do it someday. I get on the elliptical or treadmill. That’s about it for me.”



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