What? No Aaron Schock at RNC?

By: Daniel Villarreal

Admittedly, we haven’t been watching much of the Republican National Convention—partly because it’s 85 percent lies and partly because the speakers haven’t included sexy Illinois Representative Aaron Schock.

Yes, the guy voted against the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act. Yes, he voted to keep “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in place and opposes the president’s decision not to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act.

And no, he doesn’t know whether or not he supports a federal constitutional amendment criminalizing same-sex marriage. Heck, he doesn’t even know about Lambda Legal and the ACLU’s marriage equality lawsuits happening in his own home state.

But one can always put partisan politics aside for just a second to admire an aesthetically pleasing man—and what pleasure Schock brings!

That chiseled, baby face! Those shredded monster abs! That amazing aqua turquoise belt!

Why, he’s almost in as good a shape as Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan… and no small wonder seeing as they both do the P90X workout—though Schock recently suggested that Ryan should drop the baggy clothes and wear “a little bit of cleaner attire would accentuate that physique that he worked so hard to maintain.”

In fact, early into Schock’s congressional career, the gossip blog TMZ released a picture his amazing body sitting beside a pool. As a result, he became a nationally renowned hunk and Men’s Health fitness magazine interviewed him to get his fitness secrets. Here’s what he said:

He didn’t start working out until college, at which point he went from 145 pounds to 165 pounds. He also understands how gyms can seem intimidating to people who just want to get in a little exercise.

At political mixers, he stays away from the hors d'oeuvres because, "You can pack a lot of calories on the end of a toothpick. You have a drink and a few hors d'oeuvres and you've just downed hundreds of calories." He’s right.

But he counteracts the calories by working out: "Exercise is more important than diet for me because it's a twofer. It keeps me in good physical shape, and it relieves stress. And when you're a representative of the public, there's never a shortage of things to do."

So he suggested try any of the following 5 to 7 days a week to help "Schock-your-body":

- a 60-to 75-minute P90X training session

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

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

This may be a bit too hardcore for those of us who are just getting trying to stay healthy, but by trying his plan three days a week, you’ll still end up with a body worthy of a tabloid snapshot or two.