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Bob Carr gives David Koch Pilates lesson

During a discussion about his new book on Sunrise, former Foreign Minister Bob Carr challenged host David Koch to replicate Carr's favourite Pilates move, the one-legged Romanian deadlift.

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Many fitness fanatics would agree that Pilates at sunrise is an ideal way to start the day.

But when it's live vision of the former foreign minister demonstrating the strength of his deep-cut obliques on breakfast television, it's perhaps harder to digest than a bowl of steel-cut oats first thing in the morning.

Appearing on Channel Seven's Sunrise to spruik his new book, Diary of a Foreign Minister, Bob Carr performed what he has described in his tome as his favourite exercise, the "wonderful one-legged Romanian deadlift”.

Bob Carr shows Samantha Armytage and David Koch how to do the one-legged Romanina deadlift.

Favourite exercise: Bob Carr shows Samantha Armytage and David Koch how to do the one-legged Romanina deadlift. Photo: Screen grab, Sunrise

A suit-clad Carr was quick to point out to co-hosts David Koch and Samantha Armytage that he did not have the necessary equipment to do the exercise properly - namely, two five-kilogram weights.

But otherwise it would be "simple", he said, to demonstrate what has become perhaps the most discussed exercise in Australia in recent days. Carr jumped to his feet.

"You're up like this, you've got a weight in each hand, and you, holding on to your core, holding your core, you go over like this, and then you rise," Carr said, in a balancing performance that was marred by a slight wobble on the descent.

Bent double: Samantha Armytage chuckles as David Koch attempts the one-legged Romanian deadlift.

Bent double: Samantha Armytage chuckles as David Koch attempts the one-legged Romanian deadlift. Photo: Screen grab, Sunrise

"You've got to do three sets of those with the weight."

He then challenged Kochie, whom he'd seen in the gym, to do the exercise.

"No, no, I don't do it with weights," Kochie protested, before rising to his feet.

"You've got to keep your sternum up a bit," Kochie continued, while wobbling on one leg.

After spinning through countless media interviews, Carr reflects in his book: "I have the energy of 16 gladiators."

If Carr's performance was rated 16 on the gladiator scale, then one doubts whether Kochie surpassed 10.

Carr has faced accusations of being a "snob", a "diva" and a "tosser" this week over the publication of his diary recounting his 18 months as foreign minister in 2012-13.

On his diet and exercise regime, Carr reveals in his book that his favoured breakfast is steel-cut organic oats and berries and two poached eggs, while his ambition “[is] to have a concave abdomen defined by deep-cut obliques”.

The faults and foibles of air travel feature heavily in the book, in which Carr rails against business class travel: "No edible food. No airline pyjamas. I lie in my tailored suit."

On another flight, he criticises the airline for its "ceramic food" and seat design that "owe a lot to the trans-Atlantic slave trade".

Carr said on Sunrise that he did not take offence at claims that he was a diva.

"No, I don't. I deliberately inserted a few references. It's a bloody big book, it's got 500 pages ... and there are two references to this first class travel thing," he said.

His aim, he said was to describe how foreign policy was made and "how you live a life in politics on the run".

"If the joking references I made, a bit of self parody along the way, get people to read the book, then I'm happy with that," he said.

smh.com.au