Hugo Chávez stars in workout video
President Hugo Chávez is shown in July at a military academy, where he worked out as part of his recovery.
August 1st, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Hugo Chávez stars in workout video

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has released a workout video to demonstrate that he is healthy enough for re-election.

Having recently returned from Cuba, where he received chemotherapy for an unspecified type of cancer, Chávez has told state-run media in Venezuela that he has no intention of dropping out of the running in next year's election. Chávez has been president since 1999.

In the video, Chávez adopts the dress and demeanor of a typical phys. ed. teacher. He leads members of his Cabinet in stretches, some calf raises and a brisk walk while denouncing cholesterol as a poison.

According to an article that was released Friday on Chávez's website, the video was originally aired by Venezolana de Television, Venezuela's state-run television channel.

Speaking of his chemotherapy in July to VTV, Chávez said, "It was hard, but my soldier's body was able to withstand the small discomforts of this difficult treatment."

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  1. Madame Royale

    *Facepalm*™

    August 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeannette

      I did not do enough for the underprivileged in my country before Chavez took power. Today they are putting their hope in him. I spent more time running away from the corrupted politicians before Chavez was in power than in becoming the change my country needed. How is attacking Chavez a contribution today?

      August 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    How much free enterprise can Chavez bench?

    August 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I say Viva Chavez! He's another great man of our times while all the sleazy leaders of Europe kowtow to the United States much to my disgust. He puts them all to shame, the sociopahic, money-grubbing fools!

    August 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • LATIN LOVER

      Correct! LONG LIVE CHAVEZ!!! DEATH TO IMPERIALISM.

      August 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • HDawg

      That must be why everyone is rushing to immigrate to Venezuela!

      August 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      you are an idiot and ignorant fool who can easily follow a demagogue...!!

      August 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • NAS

      Ask him how come his capital is the 3rd in the world for violent crimes..

      August 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fidel Castro

      Idiot.. Chavez is a lunatic! Anyone that bans elections has a very guilty conscience

      August 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Madame Royale

    You can say anything you want troll.
    Try using your own name next time.

    August 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Troll:
    Che significa "sociopahic?"

    August 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Un molto maligno umano, ovviamente!

      August 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CSnSC

    Where can I get the dvd ? I know someone who works out every morning who would LOVE this video. He he

    August 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Madame Royale

    I don't think I'd ever want to be as 'fit' as Hugo Chavez...

    August 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT

    7 MINUTE ABS...

    August 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • HDawg

      .....20 minute donut break

      August 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Madame Royale

    Butts of Steel...

    It wouldn't let me say the actual name...but I can say butt...

    August 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      u can't say that b-word or j-pan .... but you can say " big giant dick in a hot chicks butt is nice "

      August 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      Thank you Phoney RUFFNUTT, for showing me what the Tea Party lingo sounds like as I asked you to some time ago. Since I now know, will you stop usig it here, please???

      August 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    Even if old people exercise every day ,thier butts are still flat and wrinkly .whats up with that ??

    August 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • NAS

      Dunno raven but you'll get there too...

      August 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    And I think its funny that they said he STARS in the video ,like theres gonna be a mad rush of consumers tryin to nab a copy .

    August 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ZanderTheGr8

    Arrrrgh.....too...many...jokes...must...click...off...page!!!

    August 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bigwavedave

    He looks to fat. What is with the bulges under his eyes, did someone slug him?

    August 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bigwavedave

      edit: too

      August 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Andreas, OH NO!

    "...he is healthy enough for re-election."
    Wait...what? Elections in Venezuela?
    NO WAY! Really?
    He also seems healthy enough for jokes.

    August 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Justin Observation

    It seems evil dictators always wear jogging suits. Watch out for candidates in jogging suits people.

    August 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
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