New photographs of Russian President Vladimir Putin show him sharing a workout with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a state residence in the resort town of Sochi. The pictures, taken on 30 August, show the action-man president and his PM arriving at the gym in their tracksuits before tackling the different machines.

Putin and Medvedev in the gym
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) talks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as they get ready for a hard, manly workout at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool

After working up a sweat, Putin and Medvedev stripped down to their T-shirts, with the Russian leaders taking turns to use the equipment. In this photo, Putin is seen using the cable and pulley machine for a full-body workout.

Vladimir Putin in the gym
Russian President Vladimir Putin tries to break a sweat in the gym. But is that a bit of a vodka belly we see Vladi?  MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images

Putin has a strongman image in Russia, where his macho pursuits have received a lot of publicity. He has a black belt in judo and has frequently been pictured engaging in outdoor sports such as fishing, hunting and horse riding, appearing shirtless on many occasions. But this time he managed to stay dressed.

Putin and Medvedev in gym
Putin demonstrates how to work out the upper body to the younger Prime Minister Medvedev. That Medvedev has a flatter tummy than Putin is not spoken of in Russia  REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool

Putin and Medvedev took turns to watch each other's prowess in the gym, with the Russian president looking on approvingly as Medvedev worked on his upper body strength.

Putin and Medvedev in the gym
Putin oversees Medvedev's (sweat-free) upper-body training   REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool

Their enthusiastic workout must have tired them both out, as the two leaders had to take a break from using the equipment. Possibly to discuss important issues of the day, such as which Baltic state Russia will absolutely not annex next.

Putin and Medvedev in the gym
Putin and Medvedev take a break from their intense photo session/light workout   REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool

After working up a sweat, the two men decided to make their manhood clear and roast some meat together. They both appeared to be sharing the BBQ duties, as real men do.

Putin and Medvedev in the gym
Putin and Medvedev roast some meat during their breakfast. Presumably they go up extra early to hunt down, kill and butcher the animal the meat came from, before hitting the gym  REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool

After cooking breakfast, the two toasted their success in the gym and at the coals with a steaming hot drink of tea. Although it is not known if they did the washing up afterwards.

Putin and Medvedev toast their workout
No Russian weights workout isn't complete without a tea party to finish off REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Pool

Finally, no photo gallery of the Russian president can be complete without the unforgettable image of a shirtless Putin astride a horse. Despite being taken six years ago, the image remains much shared, discussed and parodied to this day.

Putin rides a horse topless
Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rides a horse in southern Siberia's Tuva region in August 2009. Unfortunately for Putin, who pursues resolutely anit-LGBT policies, photos from this series are regarded as classics of homoerotic art. Reuters/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin