September 8, 2009
Posted: 01:42 PM ET
There is one piece of information in Washington that's so coveted you'd think it was deemed classified: how Michelle Obama got those well-toned arms. Women's Health got the scoop–straight from Mrs. Obama's long-time personal trainer, Cornell McClellan.
He's put her through 1,872 workouts. That's how many days–give or take a few–she's hit the gym since 1997, the year she first started working with McClellan at his Chicago fitness studio, Naturally Fit.
Even more impressive: Most of those sessions took place at 5:30 a. m. "She's truly committed herself to the importance of health and fitness," McClellan says.
"I believe the purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit. To do that, we take a holistic approach that includes strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility training."
For an even greater total-body challenge, the workouts also feature rope-jumping, kickboxing, and body-weight calisthenics, all done at a heart-and lung-busting pace that skyrockets fitness levels and burns tons of calories.
Filed under: President Barack Obama
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