Congressman Goes Shirtless for Men's Health

Rep. Aaron Schock promotes healthy lifestyle by flaunting abs
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2011 11:36 AM CDT
Men's Health announces Aaron Schock as "America's Fittest Congressman" on the cover of the June 2011 issue tied to the "Fit for Life" Summer Challenge.   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Republican Rep. Aaron Schock has already been named the "hottest freshman" in Congress—and now Men's Health declares that he's also the fittest. The Congressman from Illinois flaunts his abs on the magazine's June cover, and can brag that he's the first politician to appear shirtless in the mag—though President Obama has appeared in it, fully clothed, twice, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Schock, who at nearly 30 is also the first US Congressman born in the 1980s, has already found himself featured on TMZ wearing only a bathing suit. A desire to use that chiseled-chest notoriety for a positive purpose led him to Men's Health, which dubbed him "pretty fly for a Republican from Peoria" and noted that "he looks more like a hit man from a European spy thriller than a boring politician." His appearance is meant to promote Fit for Life Summer Challenge, a healthy lifestyle campaign that urges Americans to lose 30 pounds by Labor Day.

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