Working Out and Grilling with Putin, in Photos

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev want to pump you up. So the Kremlin released photos of the two working out, grilling meat, and of course, sharing tea.

Russias President Vladimir Putin works out at a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi on August 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV        (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russias President Vladimir Putin works out at a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi on August 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russias President Vladimir Putin works out at a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi on August 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Nothing signals a better working relationship between a president and prime minister than photos of a joint workout, followed up with a meal of grilled meat and tea.

And to advertise just what a special friendship Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev share, the Kremlin released photos of the pair partaking in all three of those activities together.

Medvedev, who swapped places with Putin when the latter left the presidency and took over the prime ministership in 2012, joined Putin for a special day at the president’s summer residence in Sochi this weekend.

Nothing signals a better working relationship between a president and prime minister than photos of a joint workout, followed up with a meal of grilled meat and tea.

And to advertise just what a special friendship Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev share, the Kremlin released photos of the pair partaking in all three of those activities together.

Medvedev, who swapped places with Putin when the latter left the presidency and took over the prime ministership in 2012, joined Putin for a special day at the president’s summer residence in Sochi this weekend.

And the two didn’t shy away from advertising their nearly matching outfits: Putin wore a blue and gray jumpsuit with a white v-neck tee, while Medvedev opted for a black crew-neck t-shirt and light grey sweatshirt and sweatpants.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - AUGUST 30: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) are seen at Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia on August 30,2015. (Photo by Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - AUGUST 30: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) are seen at Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia on August 30,2015. (Photo by Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

In one shot, 62-year-old Putin, in spotless white sneakers and fingerless gloves, looks pensively into the distance as he strengthens his upper arms.

Russias President Vladimir Putin works out at a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi on August 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russias President Vladimir Putin works out at a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi on August 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

In another, he leans over an exercise bike and observes 49-year-old Medvedev’s strength training, likely offering words of advice.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - AUGUST 30: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) work out at Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia on August 30,2015. (Photo by Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - AUGUST 30: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) work out at Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia on August 30,2015. (Photo by Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

And of course he tries out the same machine himself.

Russias President Vladimir Putin (C) and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev work out at a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi on August 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russias President Vladimir Putin (C) and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev work out at a gym at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi on August 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Although Putin and Medvedev posed holding tongs and flipping meat, it seems that a professional chef had to intervene a few times to get the steaks just right.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - AUGUST 30: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) are seen at Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia on August 30,2015. (Photo by Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - AUGUST 30: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) are seen at Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia on August 30,2015. (Photo by Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

And what friendship photo shoot would would be complete without a tea party, when the two likely congratulated each other on what was surely a strenuous workout?

SOCHI, RUSSIA - AUGUST 30: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) have breakfast at Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia on August 30,2015. (Photo by Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

SOCHI, RUSSIA - AUGUST 30: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) have breakfast at Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia on August 30,2015. (Photo by Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

But probably not quite as strenuous as Barack Obama’s 2014 exercise routine at the Marriott in Warsaw, Poland, when a fellow guest captured video of him doing lunges and getting his cardio in on an elliptical machine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGYC39ZzRmI

Photo by Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images; MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images

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