Ab-solutely Schocking! Rep. Aaron Schock focuses on the important issue of the day: his abs

Forget the debt crisis, unemployment rate and the biggest kill of the decade, Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock knows what needs attention — his washboard stomach.

Schock, who rose to prominence as the Huffington Post’s “Hottest Congressional Freshman,” is featured on this month’s cover of Men’s Health baring his abs and spilling the details of his workout regimen.

Beneath the headline “The Ripped Representative: Fit-to-Lead Congressman Aaron Schock has a plan to change America, one set of crunches at a time” the 29-year-old Schock discusses how his body has changed over time and America’s obesity epidemic.

“I didn’t start working out until college,” Schock said, explaining his own struggles with weight.”But in college I could feel my body changing, and I knew that if I didn’t make some changes, I was going to go in the wrong direction.”

Taking a page from the Michelle Obama handbook, this month Schock is launching the “Fit for Summer, Fit for Life” challenge with Men’s Health, to motivate Americans to take control of their waistlines. And lest they fail to take the young congressman seriously, Schock is sure to invoke a Founding Father in his explanation of the importance of his initiative.

“One of my favorite quotes is from Ben Franklin, who said, ‘A good example is the best sermon,’” Schock said. “And I think if you want to start talking about healthy lifestyles and staying in shape, then you yourself should do your best to try to be a model, an example to people you’re trying to convince to do the same.”

For those who want to get the body that has made Schock a cult figure in the gay community, Men’s Health reveals the workout that has gotten Schock those signature abs.

5 to 7 days a week do any of these three workout options:

1) “a 60-to 75-minute P90X training session”

2) “a 60-to 75-minute weight routine, focusing on high-weight, low-rep exercises, and alternating upper-and lower-body days”

3) “3 sets of 30 pushups and 30 situps; plus a run (5 miles) or swim (1 mile)”

Schock urges Americans to take to the gym, especially when it is so easy to overeat in the current culture.

“Exercise is more important than diet for me because it’s a twofer. It keeps me in good physical shape, and it relieves stress” said Schock. “And when you’re a representative of the public, there’s never a shortage of things to do.”

With Schock baring all, one question remains: Just what do the good folks back in Peoria think of their congressman’s abs?

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  • arianahuffinpaint

    CNN did not think this photo was appropriate. However, Patrick Ewing, I mean, Michelle Obama shaking her fat azz on the White House lawn was A-Okay.

  • russ311

    meh, people are impressed with eight abdominal bulges? I only need one to be impressive.

    • thephranc

      Never heard of a “six pack party” but a “keg party” is legendary.

  • Pouncekitty

    More narcissism. Just like Obama and Osama, stares at himself in the mirror. Can’t get enough of his own image. Is this gay or what? Anyway, the guy is a useless Democrat, just wants to spend you and me into oblivion. Any more questions?

  • Mr.ManZ

    Maybe the people in his district should help this guy out and give him all the time he needs to stay fit, like send his usless backend packing and replace him with someone willing to do all the hard work for the people not for huff-posters and mens health. A total disrespect to the people he is suppose to represent.

  • chrisslade53

    This article is one of the worst instances of plagarism I have ever seen. Just ripping paragraphs out of other articles I have seen in other publications on this story with no citation given and adding a couple snide comments and calling it your own work. Does your editorial board know about this? You should be ashamed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jasmine-Clark/1785223171 Jasmine Clark

    oh yeah i’ve heard of him before ^^

    and i think it’s great that he can actually be an attractive politician with a great body. an attractive politician? seems like that’s rare lol.

    i also think it’s great that he encourages people to go to the gym, nothing wrong with that, seems to be different from michelle who wants to control what food we eat, but that’s another story…

    anyway i don’t think this pic should gain him any disrespect or anything like that, he’s telling people how to work out and get fit, he’s not trying to be a slut/whore/i know those words are for girls but you get the point. it’s just an unzipped jacket, seriously. it’s not like he’s posing in underwear or something XDDDD (not that i would mind- oops did i say that?)

    now please be quiet and excuse me while i stare at this pic forever

  • Rocketman

    That pic has had some work done on it.


  • thephranc

    It’s great he has all that time in a week to do those work outs. Maybe he would like take my job for a few weeks to see if he can still manage that. He should also get my paycheck and have to live on that.