Since meeting in a formal setting was too mainstream for Vladimir Putin, the Russian president decided to have a workout session with his Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev at a gym in Bocharov Ruchei, Sochi.
Apart from running a country, Putin is known for his love for tiger hunting, piloting a mini submarine and even flying a supersonic jet, so it comes as no surprise that this man is a fitness freak. This time he got Medvedev to tag along.
The two men, who moved from one machine to another, seemed comfortable with the equipment, but Putin, a former KGB agent, totally stole the show with his exemplary stamina and ability to pull off extra reps.
Russia is currently under an economic recession, which has led to some of its citizens losing faith in Putin and his presidency.
To fix that small dent in his ever-increasing popularity among Russians, Putin’s gym photo op could well be a publicity stunt.
After their intense workout, Putin and Medvedev decided to recover with a protein-packed barbecue, followed by a relaxing cup of tea. It was a classic gym buddy date all around.
Putin, working the equipment:
And now it is Medvedev’s turn:
The two even seem to be supervising each other:
Roasting some meat never did a president any harm:
Followed by a cup of tea:
And they exit the gym in unity: