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Mitts ready! Take a swing at the candidate of your choice in one of the 10 "Campaign Trail" stations. (Photo courtesy of New York Sports Club/Mitchel Gray)


The race of the year is in our midst—the Presidential Election, that is—where two of our nation’s toughest competitors will finally face off. Are you ready? Registration nudge: today is National Voter Registration Day!

We weighed in to see if we were “Fit for Office” at The New York Sports Club with Master Trainer Prince Brathwaite. The class tested our mental, physical and political grit with a full-body circuit that even Paul Ryan would approve of. You, too, can pledge allegiance to this sweat sesh (for free!) starting this week at select Sports Clubs in Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C. and Boston.

So what’s on the workout ballot? After warming up with a “Primary” routine, prepare for a trip down the “Campaign Trail” with ten 50-second stations including kettlebell “Swing States,” “Donkey Kicks,” “Balance the Budget” bosu ball squats and “Michelle Obama Arm” pushups. Three “Running Mate” moves are next, where you and a partner “Band Together” for bicep presses, back-to-back weighted medicine ball passes and “Cross Party Lines” pushups. Both circuits are repeated before “Stretching the Truth,” a quick cool-down that solidifies the previous 50 minutes of intensity.

Of course, the election-year parody inspired a patriotic playlist, too, that had approval ratings as high as our heart rates. Here are the tunes that had us moving forward, while believing in America.

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