June 4th, 2014
02:28 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama’s gym routine revealed – though security wasn’t at risk

Washington (CNN) - A grimacing President Barack Obama, photographed at his hotel gym in Poland lifting free weights and working out on an elliptical, wasn’t in any danger from the sneaky photographer, the Secret Service said Wednesday.

An official with the agency said pictures and video of Obama working out at the Marriott Hotel Warsaw did not constitute a security breach, since all people entering and exiting his hotel would have been screened for potentially dangerous items.

Obama was in Poland marking the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity movement and meeting with Ukraine’s newly elected president.

Overnight Wednesday, photographs and a video emerged on a Polish tabloid that showed the commander-in-chief lifting weights, doing squats, and using an elliptical machine. In the images his face contorts as he exerts from his workout.

When Obama works out in hotels on the road, it's considered an off-the-record movement - akin to the President going out to dinner or visiting his daughters' school.

The Secret Service doesn't typically ask other guests to vacate hotel gyms ahead of the President's arrival, given the security screening that everyone in the hotel undergoes. And they say they do not typically ask hotel guests to refrain from photographing the President, either.

Indeed, an official with the service says it was apparent there were photos being taken of Obama working out in Warsaw - but no one asked for fellow gym-goers to stop taking them.

Secret Service agents were in close proximity to Obama during his workout, the official noted.

In the images, it’s clear that Obama is working out alongside other people in the gym, though only their legs appear in the photographs.


Filed under: Poland • President Obama
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Who really cares!

    June 4, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. billbfit

    Working off all the frustrations of his never ending mistakes.

    June 4, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Tru

    I suspect we will see ignorant comments like "who cares" or "where's the birth certificate". Everyone around the world knows exactly why some Americans hate this President even though he has done nothing different than previous Presidents. It's very clear!

    June 4, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. David

    GOP's heads explode- republicans decry gyms as UnAmericans and form a billion dollar investigative panel to look into this outrage!

    June 4, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Steven Gold

    See this proves he is not a real American. He works out.

    June 4, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Steven Gold says:
    June 4, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm
    See this proves he is not a real American. He works out.

    Good one!!!😂😂

    June 4, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Breaking news!!!!!

    Water is wet. The deets tonight at 11pm.

    /sarcasm

    June 4, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. VEW2012

    @bilibfit No, he is working off his frustration at the always totally wrong and mistaken right-wing GOP.

    June 4, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Ulysses

    Gym Routine... Weights-Smoke Break-Elliptical-Smoke Break-Basketball-Smoke Break...

    June 4, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    At least he works out unlike that fat beached whale in Joisey, who is too sorry, lazy and stubborn to even attempt to lose weight. Nope just go and have surgery on the tax payer dime. Oink oink!!🐷🐽🐷🐽

    June 4, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Judy

    Are you seriously kidding? Who cares what workout he does or where he does it??? This lame excuse for a president needs to go. NOW.

    June 4, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Island on the left coast

    I watched the video and I think some of the ladies would call it “toning.” I sure hope Vladimir Putin doesn't see this.

    June 4, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. alan

    I watched the video. It looked like he was doing flies with 3 pound weights. Clearly the guy doesnt work out and it was a propaganda video.

    June 4, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. Carly

    Maybe this is why nothing is getting done here. All of his blood is flowing to his muscles instead of his brain.

    June 4, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Retired Boomer

    @David-just way too funny your comment made my day.
    @Steven Gold- so right the only exercise I got today was using the remote control for the tv my web surfing and eating ice cream.

    June 4, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. wileysee

    What a deflection cnn...lol!

    June 4, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Everyone around the world knows exactly why some Americans hate this President even though he has done nothing different than previous Presidents.
    ---

    Mistake after mistake after mistake.... Failure after failure after failure.... Scandal after scandal after scandal.....

    Americans don't like incompetence.

    June 4, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Cin99

    Our handsome, smart and compassionate President keeps in shape, we already knew that.

    June 4, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Tammy

    Who cares? And if you think this President is good – you are either on government assistance, illegal, or a terrorist.

    June 4, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Kyle

    I'm glad to see the president taking care of himself. You'd have to in his position. However I would not be comfortable with people taking photos of me working out if I was the president.

    June 4, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. padraig

    I am glad he works out, it is good for him to focus on other things. Towards Tru and David, have you thought of stand up comedy?

    June 4, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Ken

    Its Bush's fault

    June 4, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Steve

    From previous commentor .... "Everyone around the world knows exactly why some Americans hate this President even though he has done nothing different than previous Presidents"

    And there it is. The implied race card again. Aren't we tired of this garbage. This President's approval ratings are hovering slightly above the "previous President". So ....

    June 4, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Jessica McGwin

    Well I suggest that the Secret Service incorporate some basic corps calisthenics. At his age stretching is essential joint inflammation can really underscore mussel tone. Also I know it is a little past developing some reflexes but getting him into boxing or maybe Karate would give him some structure to his work out.

    June 4, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Joan

    I care!! Go Obama!

    June 4, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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