New vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan has been called many things: a dangerous extremist , the future of the Republican Party, a mistake, and even a risk. One thing nearly everyone can agree on is that he’s quite serious. That seriousness extends beyond cutting government spending. Ryan is also very serious about his personal fitness.
Ryan says he keeps his body fat between 6 and 8 percent. At six-foot-two, the congressman says he weighs about 163 pounds and tries to get his heart rate to 165 during cardio.
He says he wears a heart pulse monitor while working out. “I’m kind of a skinny guy,” he says. Ryan held down three jobs right after graduating from Miami University in Ohio in 1992, one of which was as a personal trainer. Ryan’s father died of a heart attack when Ryan was sixteen, now one reason for Ryan’s dedication to fitness.
The congressman has been a devotee of the brutal P90X workout for about four years, and frequently leads workouts with other members of Congress. P90X is a 90-day workout plan that involves intensive cardio combined with yoga, karate and other fitness staples for 60 to 90 minutes a day, six days a week.
Created in 2005 by a Santa Monica, California-based fitness guru Tony Horton, the workout was sold as a $140 package of DVDs. Workout sheets are timed to the second to optimize each session. Other P90X fans include Sheryl Crow and NFL star Kurt Warner.