September 8, 2009

The Secret's Out: How To Get Michelle Obama's Toned Arms

Posted: 01:42 PM ET

Via Women's Health

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. artmichelleobamawhitehouse

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."
The foundation of McClellan's plan is an intense weight- training routine made up of compound movements that work multiple muscle groups. In one workout, Mrs. Obama might do one set of 15 to 20 reps each of lunges, bench presses, hip raises, and rows, all without resting–and with short bouts of intense cardio mixed in.

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.


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maxine   September 8th, 2009 2:32 pm ET

she's my role model & my idol !

Anne   September 8th, 2009 2:41 pm ET

What I would really like to know is how can I get her brain? The woman is brilliant. I am extremely impressed with our new First Lady. She is also a fabulous role model and a great mother.

lindafromnewyork   September 8th, 2009 2:57 pm ET

Agree 100%

Mary G. from Michigan   September 8th, 2009 3:30 pm ET

Classic Beauty with Brains !!

Sonia   September 8th, 2009 3:31 pm ET

Sure she is gorgeous. I sincerelky hope and pray that she woul come to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour . She has eternity to think ofi she is an intelligent woman. l hope she would become a Godly woman who could change the country around . Without christ the USA will be on the decline.

hmmm   September 8th, 2009 4:03 pm ET

gorgeous healthy woman – a real beauty

carol kesling   September 8th, 2009 5:58 pm ET

michele obama is a church going woman... she beleives and practices gods love everyday. and she is very inteligent..she put herself through school and had a very GOOD JOB before she became first lady !!!!!!!! and no to mention a wonderful wife and mother....she is a spectacular role model.....

olga   September 8th, 2009 7:38 pm ET

what a LOVING family, love watching the 4 of them hugging ea. other ! where are most of these families nowadays ?..the Pres. speech today reminds us that they are aboce average people, way way above average ! it makes me/an immigrant/ PROUD !..

Judie   September 8th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

okay who's with me

rosegarden   September 8th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

How abt: How to get Michelle Obama's brain?

Gerald Jolly   September 9th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

Only one thing to say about The President and his "INCREDIBLE" wife.

Mr. Obama really lucked in when he married her.

Michelle is nothing short of "SPECTACULAR"

Handsome man, Beautiful Woman, and two incredibly beautiful children.


donald   September 9th, 2009 2:39 pm ET

a real sweetHEART !.......very anxious to see the 2 girls grow up,,fun to watch...

Gerald Jolly   September 9th, 2009 6:47 pm ET

What makes the first lady Michelle Obama so great??

She has quietly suffered over the abuse that has been subjected too about the man she loves "THE PRESIDENT"

She has already surpassed several first ladies with her stance on children and human rights.

She has graced our Whitehouse by her very presence.

She has dedicated her life and energy to her children and the man she loves.

She has been a great fashion setter, the first since Jacqueline Kennedy

Every day that she exists in our Whitehouse she graces our nation for the many visiting dignetaries from all over the world.

I believe her legacy as a first lady will overshadow all the served before her and after her.



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