According to Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, Ryan's investment in the P90X workout regimen propelled interest in seeing what the veep hopeful might look like under his supposedly ill-fitting campaign attire.
TMZ finally acquired a photo of Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan walking shirtless with his wife while on vacation in Oklahoma.
According to the gossip site, the six-year-old photo may not reflect Ryan's current physique--he started his vigorous P90X workout later on.
In a story about Ryan's devotion to physical fitness, the Los Angeles Times reported that the representative maintained only 6 to 9 percent body fat, and could have been a professional skier.
Ryan is Capitol Hill's P90X champion--he leads some members of the House of Representatives in a workout every morning.
In shirtless presidential history, Barack Obama made tabloid covers back in 2008, when photos surfaced of the then-president-elect walking topless along a Hawaii beach.
President Theodore Roosevelt, seen shirtless below, was also an avid sportsman and proponent of physical exercise.