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. Evelyn

    wish this guy would have just died... the elections are a joke anyway, he's always gonna win he doesn't have to feed us all this horse crap. anyone that still supports this guy is an even bigger idiot than Chavez himself

    August 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob from Pittsburgh

      Last election there were american senators, democrats and republicans as observers, their observations were "the elections were fair and square"",
      Chaves is a big mouth politician, his policies are already proven to be a hinder on the Venezuelan economy, but if the people keep electing him , there is nothing anybody can do, is their will..
      People from other countries should keep out of the internal affairs of Venezuela..

      August 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth and Anwers

      your comment shows how narrow minded closet minded you are NATO Fanboy, obama, CFR Fanboy.

      August 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • AAA

      Anyone (including Bob from Pittsburgh) that still supports this guy is an even bigger idiot than Chavez himself!

      August 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. UCFKnightman

    Socialism is not the answer. People have the right to choose. Compassion is a choice, not a law.

    August 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth and Anwers

      And since when the fake democracy was the answer? democracy only benefits Washington and britian interests in the quest of a new world order and oil conquest.

      August 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini


    August 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Talon

      Admitting you have a problem is the first step...

      August 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Justin

    God Bless him!

    August 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JohnMcLaugh

    cada pueblo tiene el gobierno que se merece.

    August 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tony

    I would rather the tea partiers, I mean all of them to drop dead before Chavez do.

    August 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giselle

      Tony, If you think you'll be bette off with Chavez then please move to Venezuela and see how much you'll enjoy living under socialism.

      August 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John Henson

    After the video session, Chavez promptly passed out.

    August 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeannette

    Esto es problema de los Venezolanos, los demas se pueden ir callando. Metanse en los problemas de sus propios paises. Metiches!!

    August 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnMcLaugh

      entonces que chingados haces comentando en una pagina web de un noticiero estadounidense? en este pais decimos lo que queremos. se llama libertad de expresion. un concepto ageno a chavez y su dictadura, y al parecer a algunos venezolanos tambien.

      August 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob from Pittsburgh

      John McLaugh what an hispanic name.. wow..

      I bet you grew up there, I mean Venezuela..

      If you have to say something, what about telling the truth.. you are liable if you lie..

      I don't like Chavez, but that is what the people of venezuela wants.. is called the rule of the mayority, is also called democrasy..

      August 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. edvhou812

    Why make a workout video? Isn't he just going to rig it so that he wins?

    August 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ric

    Religion was the opium for the people -it put the masses to sleep-. Marijuana was the Latin atomic bomb -it stoned everybody in its way-. Colesterol (think gorditas and jalapeno burguers) are the new Latin bio weapon of "mass" destruction? 😉

    August 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Blaise

    wow, calf raises and a walk. Grueling!

    August 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lombriz

      That's more than what half the population of the US can do, so not bad if I say so myself.

      August 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Maru A.

    Please do not judge Venezuelan citizens by the behavior of infamous Hugo Chavez.

    August 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Trace

    Him and Castro have a hot body video that they're working on

    August 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Al

    The problem is not him, the problem is the people that elected him and support him. Crazy people are all over, that doesn't mean we need to make them Presidents or allow them to bring a Country down.

    August 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • AAA

      Hey! We elected OBAMA, why can't Venezuela elect Chavez??

      August 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Talon

    Remember, Chavez is a victim of american propaganda! He's not as evil as the we've been told and he is fighting against the american elite/super rich who want to eliminate and take his country for the oil it has. Gee.. when has that ever happened before? iiiiiiiiiiraq! Oh excuse me I sneezed!

    August 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • AAA

      No Talon – Chavez isn't as evil as we've been told, he's much worse! The guy and his cronies are looting the country. If you're a Venezuelan it doesn't matter who is looting the country, you are still getting ripped off!

      August 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
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