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Roger “Rock” Lockridge
Roger "Rock" Lockridge is Muscle Insider's Senior Writer and has been involved in the fitness industry in multiple roles since 2002, including as a personal trainer and supplement sales associate for multiple locations. He is best-known as a freelance writer whose work has been featured by publications such as Muscle & Fitness, Men's Health, BarBend, Bodybuilding.com, and others. As of 2022, he's had over 2,100 articles published in print and digitally in ten languages on six continents. His personal transformation and story has been featured in a variety of outlets such as Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Huffington Post, Deseret News, Muscle & Strength, and Bodybuilding.com. Lockridge has contributed to Muscle Insider since 2021. He lives in West Virginia with his wife and son.
Politicians Have Found Benefits Of Fitness
By Roger “Rock” Lockridge
Politicians are always trying to find new ways to connect with potential voters, and in recent years, one of those ways has been through fitness. The first obvious example of this would be Arnold Schwarzenegger, who used his fame from bodybuilding and Hollywood to become California’s Governor, but he isn’t the only example of this, nor is he the most recent.
Photos and videos of 2024 U.S. President candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Training at Gold’s Gym Venice have been circulating on social media, and he actually looked very impressive as he approaches his 70th birthday. He looked tan and lean while posing for photos or putting in sets at the Mecca of Bodybuilding.
While the obvious health and wellness benefits alone are good enough reasons to be dedicated to working out, it could also serve as a way for him to connect with people and establish common bonds in order for them to check his name at the ballot box.
Getting in shape for my debates with President Biden! pic.twitter.com/ns8MdJVlmx— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) June 25, 2023
Kennedy isn’t the only one that has been living the gym life and promoting workout clips. New York Congressman Jamaal Browner was seen benching four plates for a triple on Twitter, now known as “X.” These weren’t on a machine, either. He was barbell benching 405 for reps.
Be sure to always center your health and well-being as we fight to save democracy and humanity.— Jamaal Bowman Ed.D. (@JamaalBowmanNY) July 6, 2023
3 reps of 405 and I'm ready to go! pic.twitter.com/RSebNiXGDV
Those days when you don’t feel like exercising and tell yourself you’re too tired or don’t have time — just do it. You’ll be glad you did. #motivationmonday #fitness #health #tulsi2020 pic.twitter.com/dkBnhGbKIl— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) November 4, 2019
He was also passionate about boxing training as a way to stay in shape and relieve stress. Men’s Journal once published an article about him questioning if he was possibly the fitness leader of a country in the world.
So, the conclusion here is an obvious one. Voters want to be assured that the leaders they vote for to be in great shape and do the job effectively. So, future candidates may want to hire trainers along with those campaign strategists and start hitting the weights and running trails while going on the campaign trail.
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