Like millions of gym goers, President Barack Obama grimaces while lifting weights. Like millions, he listens to his iPod while running on a treadmill. Like millions, he does lunges and curls and step ups. Unlike millions, he gets surreptitiously captured on a video.
A one-minute, 25-second clip of Obama exercising in the gym at the Marriott Hotel Warsaw in Poland has gone viral on the Internet. In it, Obama is wearing a black gym suit and is seen choosing weights and working through his exercise routine.
The Secret Service, whose agents accompany the president at all times, confirmed the legitimacy of the video. Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said it was apparent guests in the gym were photographing the president and none were asked to refrain from taking pictures.