The 2016 Fitness Race: Marco Rubio


The 2016 Presidential election might be more than a year away, but the next presidential hopefuls are already coming to the forefront. The President of the U.S. is not only the leader of the free democratic world, but also an example to us, our children, and indeed the rest of the world. Because of this, presidents have a moral and ethical responsibility to serve as a good example – and this extends to the way they live their lives as well.

“The president’s job is a very stressful one that requires him or her to be on duty 24/7. The stress that they are exposed to can affect their health so drastically that if they don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle, they can be subjected to any number of chronic illnesses – both physical and mental,” said HFR Founder Samir Becic. We are noticing an increase in healthy and fit heads of state in other countries who are becoming dominant world leaders. With this article we hope to make sure that our future president is healthy and fit in order to improve this country, so that it can continue to be a dominant force in the world for decades to come.

“Our future president will have much more competition than the previous presidents because of where the modern world is heading – and against other leaders whose views differ, such as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.” – Samir Becic

With this being said, HFR is politically neutral and not affiliated with any political party.

Here at Health Fitness Revolution, we did a combination of research on each of these politicians through various interviews, internet sources, library, industry literature and videos. This project was led by HFR founder Samir Becic, who is a leader in the industry and has knowledge and experience of over two decades as a health and fitness professional, coupled with his experience as a four-time No. 1 Fitness Trainer in the World.

Hopefully this motivates these presidential hopefuls to improve their nutrition, fitness and advocacy about healthy lifestyle in the next couple years – who knows, maybe in our next report card, we can give them all A’s!



(Note: Previous grade was B)

Marco Rubio has said he is ready to become president, but how does he keep down the stress and a healthy lifestyle while on the road? During high school and college, he stayed fit by playing football and even got a scholarship for it, but that ended because of an injury after his freshman year of college. Now he exercises early in the mornings before his four kids wake up, and attends daily Catholic mass to continue his spiritual health. He also works out at the members-only Senate gym with his gym partner, fellow senator Richard J. Durbin.

Samir’s Report and Recommendations: After checking his photos throughout the last 10 years, he seems to fluctuate in weight and fitness. Stress can cause weight gain even while exercising, so I recommend these 10 tips for staying calm. Because he used to be an athlete, he definitely has a strong muscular foundation that can help him recover his lost muscle rapidly and decrease his fat mass. I like that he balances his family life and spiritual life as well. Considering that athletes often gain a lot of weight once they stop training, I am glad this did not happen to Marco.

Update: Marco admitted that he tried CrossFit, but it hurt his shoulder. My recommendation is to go to a more traditional fitness regimen because CrossFit is a very aggressive form of exercise that, if not executed properly, can cause injury. But I definitely applaud him for trying new avenues to approve his fitness.

Please read our other articles:

Fitness Report Card for 2016 Presidential Hopefuls

Health and Fitness Is a Top Issue for the 2016 Elections

Top 100 Fittest U.S. Politicians

Top 10 Fittest Governors in America

Top 10 Fittest Senators

Top 10% Fittest Congress Members

Top 10 Fittest First Ladies in the U.S.

Fittest American Politicians

Top 10 Fittest Mayors in the U.S.

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