The New York Times has this article on U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is part of a regular workout group in Washington, D.C.

Here’s an excerpt:

A new muscle-crushing, sweat-inducing workout has infiltrated the inner sanctum of Congress, the members-only gym of the House of Representatives. And it is called, simply, the “Markwayne Mullin.”

Named after Mr. Mullin, the 36-year-old Republican representative from Oklahoma and former professional mixed martial arts cage fighter who leads the predawn, bespoke workout, it is a “mix of CrossFit and circuit training,” he says.

Tulsi Gabbard, Kumu Farms

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard visiting Kumu Farms at Maui Tropical Plantation, June 5, 2014.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

On a recent Thursday, at 6:30 a.m. in a gym in the shadow of the Capitol, a bipartisan group of seven House lawmakers gathered for Mr. Mullin to put them through the paces, as he does almost every morning when Congress is in session.

Representing the Republican side: Representatives Kevin McCarthy of California, the majority leader; Todd Rokita of Indiana; Aaron Schock of Illinois; and Jason Smith of Missouri. And on the Democratic side: Representatives Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts.

The only sign that the huffing, grunting gym rats were members of Congress and not just early morning fitness enthusiasts were the two men wearing suits and earpieces, members of Mr. McCarthy’s security detail. 

Gabbard also surfs when she’s back home.

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