July 24, 2014 SIGN IN | REGISTER

Behind the Doors of the Senate Gym

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo
Last Wednesday morning, like clockwork, Barrasso appeared just moments before CQ Roll Call arrived at 5:30 a.m., but he popped into the hall between his workout and shower to rib a reporter for “sleeping in.”

“You don’t bring the worst part of the job in the gym  . . .  at all,” Durbin said. “It’s more the personal and the family side of it; it kind of carries you through. You know a little bit more about some of the family challenges each of us faces. It’s a much friendlier and forgiving atmosphere than the rough-and-tumble political scene.”

Although for other members, it’s really just all about the stationary bikes and the weights.

“I worked out hard!” Flake, clad in an ESPN T-shirt, yells as he rounds the corner on the way to his office just after 8 a.m.

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