- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Just because the government has gone into shutdown mode doesn’t mean members of Congress have to give up their exercise routines.

Per order of House Speaker John A. Boehner’s office: Keep the members-only workout facility open for use, the New York Post reported. The liberal group Think Progress initially reported the order.

The gym, subsidized by taxpayers, is an elite and secured club for members of Congress only. Most outside of Capitol Hill weren’t even aware of its presence until former Rep. Anthony Weiner photographed himself in the locker room in 2011 and those pictures went viral.

The gym door does not even have a sign on it, the New York Post reported, and congressional members must be buzzed in to enter. Still, the shutdown has hit the facility on a couple counts: Users won’t have paid trainers or gym staff to hand them freshly cleaned towels.