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Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 10/11/2012

Paul Ryan workout photos only look like ‘Jersey Shore’ outtakes, really for Time Person of the Year

Rep. Paul Ryan at a Wisconsin gym in December 2011. More photos at (Gregg Segal for Time)
Hard to believe that only 10 months ago, Paul Ryan was just a little-known “Jersey Shore” hopeful and now he’s the VP nominee! No, whoops, our bad. Meant to say: Hard to believe that only 10 months ago, Paul Ryan was just a famous-for-Washington congressman who, while under consideration for Time’s 2011 “Person of the Year,” posed with flexed biceps and backwards ballcap — photos Time didn’t use then but unleashed onto the world Thursday morning alongside a new Ryan profile, hours before his debate with Joe Biden, promptly blowing up the Internet.

The magazine included some insight from Tony Horton, the fitness guru behind the buff lawmaker’s favored P90X workout plan and explains that “it was Ryan’s fitness regime (and Herculean strength on all things fiscal) that inspired the workout-themed sitting.” In case you thought they were simply going for gratuitous frat-boy kitsch.

Update: Ryan aide calls photo publication ‘poor judgement’

Also: Paul Ryan’s widow’s peak: A game-changer in GOP veepstakes?, 4/6/12

(Yes, Time has more Paul Ryan workout photos — go look!)

(Gregg Segal for Time)

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