June 4th, 2014
02:28 PM ET
8 years 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.

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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.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Bolivar Shagnasty

    "......wasn’t in any danger from the sneaky photographer, the Secret Service said Wednesday."

    Of course he wasn't in danger...it was planned!

    June 4, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. cgirl

    he is lifting 10 pound weights!!!..Pathetic worm!

    June 4, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. smith1

    No matter what this man does republican trolls find fault and show their maturity by making stupid comments. You would think they could find a more productive way to use their time.

    June 4, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Pete

    So the administration releases five of the most dangerous terrorists in the world, the VA is covering up waiting times for needy patients and CNN's top story is about Obama working out in some gym somewhere.

    A few weeks ago CNN was saying that they won't be bullied into reporting the news. I guess they meant it.

    June 4, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Barry Szafran

    In response to "Tru" stating that he has done nothing different than any other, I can't recall any sitting POTUS ever negotiating with terrorists or swapping them for a member of the US Armed Forces.

    June 4, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Pat F

    I thought his work-outs started with a ciggie.

    June 4, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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