Former US president Barack Obama back in the news this week, following reports of his curating a new city-centric playlist in partnership with The Obama Foundation. Obama is calling upon some famous faces including Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Hudson, and Dan Ackroyd (as well as the general public), to share songs that represent their respective hometowns. And of course, his hometown Chicago is up first.
Music curation seems to be a growing sideline for the former president, as this makes us at Sport Playlists think back to last year when Obama curated a workout playlist for the folks over at Wired, for his guest editorship that month.
His eclectic exercise soundtrack featured a mix of funk, pop, rock and hip-hop, including songs from Sting, Beyoncé, Icona Pop, and Courtney Barnett.
If you’re in the mood for a presidential workout, check out the Barack Obama Workout Playlist below:
Speaking with Pitchfork at music festival South by South Lawn (which Obama hosted in 2016), the White House’s then-chief digital officer Jason Goldman said the choices are all Obama’s:
“I swear it is him who makes the playlists. He has personally selected all of those songs and writes them out by hand. He really loves a diverse range of music.”
In his autobiography Dreams From My Father, Obama shares that he made daily workouts a part of his life from the age of 22, complete with a strict avoidance to drugs and alcohol too. He started with a daily three mile run, and continued to do.
Obama rose early and started his workouts at 7:30 am. At one point hitting the gym up to six days in a week. He frequently alternated his workouts. For instance, if he does cardio workouts for one day, next day he will play basketball. His alterations also vary according to upper and lower body workouts.
For doing cardio workouts, he ran on treadmills or elliptical for 15 minutes. His workout regime had two days reserved for cardio exercises, and four for weight training.
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