"Aaron Schock is pretty fly for a Republican from Peoria"

Maintaining a physique like Schock’s isn’t easy under any circumstance, but in the constantly bubbling pressure cooker of politics, it’s particularly daunting. Consider, for example, an underreported phenomenon in Washington: the hors d’oeuvres horror show.

Since 2007 it’s been illegal for lobbyists to treat U.S. reps to meals. Yet in the fungible world of Washington, legislators and industry reps have found a compromise: If it’s on the end of a toothpick, it’s not a meal. So healthconscious pols like Schock now run a gauntlet of Inigo Montoya wannabes who wield tiny wooden sabers in an effort to curry favor and influence policy.

“You can pack a lot of calories on the end of a toothpick,” Schock insists. “You have a drink and a few hors d’oeuvres and you’ve just downed hundreds of calories.” If you’re health conscious, it’s an issue. So Schock doubles down on exercise.