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Paul Ryan: All Pumped Up for His Closeup

When TIME named Paul Ryan a runner-up in the 2011 Person of the Year issue, many were familiar with his proposed budget, but few knew that the Wisconsin Congressman stayed fit with the now best-selling P90X workout plan. (Ryan’s father and grandfather both died of a heart attack.) In fact, it was Ryan’s fitness regime — and Herculean strength on all things fiscal — that inspired this workout-themed sitting for Person of the Year. One of these portraits, photographed by Gregg Segal, appears in the Oct. 22, 2012, issue.

Tony Horton, the stand-up comedian turned P90X creator, says the rigorous workout has been boosted from both sides of the aisle. “I think Paul Ryan’s been very good for P90X, as much or more so as Michelle Obama,” he says. “I’ve worked with the First Lady and her Let’s Move campaign. Some of the Secret Service came up to me and said, ‘Hey man, we’re really loving the P90X.’ I’m well aware that they’re using it in the White House.”

According to Horton, you don’t need a lot of equipment to get fit. Ryan likes to use weights, but they aren’t a necessity. “You need the human body, Mother Earth and Sir Isaac Newton’s law of gravity,” Horton says.

TIME asked Horton to suggest a get-fit regimen that could be implemented alongside the presidential campaign but still leave time for careful consideration of the issues. He recommended an upper-body exercise, a cardiovascular interval exercise, a core exercise and a leg exercise. (For further details — and diagrams! — check the Oct. 22 issue.)

Confusing the electorate is unwise, but according to Horton, confusing the muscles is a plus. This involves changing the routine often so muscles don’t get accustomed to any one exercise. To get the full benefit of this regimen, you’ve got to make like the party and diversify. “Do a different push-up every time,” suggests Horton. “Add kenpo karate or jumping jacks or whatever on that second move. On the crunches, modify your position to engage the abs or core directly. You can do squats with your feet wide, your feet narrow. It’s a workout that might also give you a bounce. As few as two rounds of that will release norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin.”

Perfect for when the poll numbers aren’t going your way.

Read more about Horton on TIME Healthland and see more photos of Ryan on Swampland.

Segal is a Los Angeles–based photographer. See more of his work here.

Luscombe is an editor-at-large at TIME.

Tim Hyde

I featured Tim Hyde’s terrific series, Repossession, a couple of years ago, and I recently found myself wanting to revisit his site and see what he’s been up to. Tim has continued with this project looking at natural disasters–floods, hurricanes, earthquakes–with an interesting perspective. It’s a perspective that the reaction of Mother Nature, in what could be a response to our mistreatment of our planet, is to reclaim and take back what was hers, and that mass destruction is part of the cycle of life. Since I last looked at his work, he has visited Haiti, Japan, and many more states where natural disasters have occurred.

Tim was raised in the Midwest, has lived in Oregon, Texas, Delaware, North Carolina, and in Washington, DC, for many years. He careers include tours of duty as a logger, teacher, free-lance writer, filmmaker, legilative aide, political hack, corporate executive, and public-affairs consultant. And, he makes pictures. His work has been featured in Fraction Magazine, featured on the NY Times LENS blog, and he continues to exhibit around the U.S.

Repossession: From the beginning, from our earliest tribal memories, there was a struggle between man and nature. This battle is the wellspring of myth and legend and our most fundamental rituals. Each society, each generation, addresses it anew. Sometimes man is placed at the periphery of this cosmic struggle, like Greek mortals, and sometimes man is central. But these foundational discussions are always more about man than nature, about how we organize ourselves and how we view the universe.

Today, in the West, many believe humans are finally winning the conflct and will soon conquer the planet; they use words such as rape and pillage, metaphors of route. These assertions are just another form of human arrogance.

It is self-evident that nature will prevail in the end. Events such as floods and earthquakes are dramatic demonstrations of the planet’s redemptive powers. Mother earth—nature—is relentless. She is patient, but in the end she cleanses herself of man’s works, utterly, without pity or remorse.

And yet, nature does so with whimsy sometimes. She rearranges in colorful and symmetrical patterns. There is a certain sad but also uplifting beauty in these catastrophes and erosions, the spectacle of reclamation. That is what I am trying to capture.

These photographs are part of an ongoing project on nature’s preeminence. These photographs were taken between 2008 and 2011 in eastern Iowa, Louisiana, Texas, North Dakota, Italy, Haiti, Iceland, and Japan.




Earth Day 2011: Six photo series of beauty and horror

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© David Maisel

Now more than ever, Mother Earth needs our love, care, attention and respect. Looking back in our Lens Culture archives, and in our current issue, we are highlighting today the work of six concerned photographers who draw our attention to environmental issues — using art and photography as a call to action. Click on each image to discover a remarkable story.

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© Eric Tabuchi

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© Karen Glaser

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© Camille Seaman

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© Mitch Epstein

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© Chris Jordan