By Judy Kurtz - 06/18/12 11:34 PM EDT
He’s amassed a slew of devotees on Capitol Hill, but P90X creator Tony Horton says there’s at least one member of Congress he’d still like to get his hands on: Speaker John BoehnerJohn Boehner3 ways the next president can succeed on immigration reform Republican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare MORE.
Horton says of the Ohio Republican, “I’d like to see what the Speaker’s doing. He seems to maintain a certain level of shape that works.”
Horton, in Washington recently for the National Press Club’s Beat the Deadline 5K race, usually squeezes in some time with members of Congress while he’s in town.
This trip was no different.
Despite a late-night vote, Horton says several lawmakers set their alarm clocks for a 6:30 a.m. workout full of “sweating and grunting” with him in the House gym.
While Horton no longer likes to reveal who’s joining him in the intense calorie-burning sessions, Republican Reps. Aaron Schock (Ill.), Kevin
McCarthy (Calif.) and Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeObama defeat is Schumer victory Top GOP chairmen investigating foreign visa program Pence rallies GOP before final stretch MORE (Ariz.) are known to be fans of the muscle-pumping DVD program.
And Horton’s latest workout buddies might soon be able to turn political opponents into chop suey. The California-based personal trainer, 53, taught his most recent congressional crew a new routine inspired by mixed martial arts. The morning included, “A lot of flying elbows. A few sprawls,” says Horton.
While he describes himself as a political junkie, Horton mostly stays mum on his own views, noting, “What I do is not political. It crosses party lines.”
When asked if he’d ever do anything devious to a lawmaker he doesn’t agree with politically, he replies with a smile, “Try to get one of them to twist a knee or something because I don’t believe in how they voted the night before? No, the goal here is to try to help as many people as possible.”
The ripped instructor says in the handful of times he’s beefed up with the House squad, he’s learned one thing — P90X workouts are not the time to bring up their day jobs. “We never talk politics — ever — because they’re huffing and puffing.”