BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Pavel Goberman can do 55 push-ups and 9 pull-ups, and he swims daily -- but does the more physically demanding butterfly stroke.
He would also like to be your next U.S. senator.
He would have liked to have been your state senator.
Or your labor commissioner.
Or any of the other offices he has run for since 2000 as a Republican, Democrat or Libertarian.
Goberman is 71, and he wants to whip Oregon politics into shape.
His next workout: Goberman, who emigrated from Russia in 1980, plans to run for U.S. Senate against incumbent Ron Wyden.
His platform emphasizes strict obedience to the Constitution, an increase in public debates, and the removal of campaign contributions from electoral politics.
“I’m honest and incorruptible with great integrity and high moral principle,” Goberman said. “I run for office for people.”
Goberman believes Americans need to get in better shape, and he thinks his expertise can help incite a fitness revolution.
Goberman’s passion for exercise developed while serving in the Russian army in the 1950s. Since then he has been constructing a comprehensive exercise routine for himself and others.
Outlined in his book, “Get Energized,” Goberman’s fitness routine is a mixture of stretching, swimming, pull-ups, resistance-band routines and other simple exercises, most of which can be done from home.
Goberman said that his excellent health is a testament to his program’s efficacy.
“I’m in good health," he said," because I don’t want to give my body to doctors.”
Goberman studied anatomy, physiology and microbiology at a university in Moscow. After emigrating to the U.S., he provided individual fitness consultation on a private basis, often for free.
Edith Dinn, a 61-year-old currency manager, said that Goberman traveled to San Francisco to assist her in losing weight, and that his program resulted in her dropping two dress sizes.
“It’s a different kind of approach, a different mix of methodologies and techniques and it doesn’t make you tired at all,” Dinn said.
Goberman said that if elected, rehabilitating America’s health would be one of his priorities. He’s even offered his fitness expertise to the President.
“I offer my program to President Obama," Goberman said. "If he adopts my program and appoints me counselor on physical fitness and health, I’m positive I will save nation up to 40 percent on medical spending.”