Being the First Lady of the United States can be very demanding and time consuming. But for Michelle Obama, squeezing in time for health and fitness always comes first. From her signature lean and muscular arms, to her fight against childhood obesity, it’s clear that Mrs. Obama makes exercising and proper nutrition a priority in her life.
Check out the First Lady’s tips and techniques below along with some exercises to score those sculpted biceps and triceps everyone raves about.
If Mrs. Obama can make time to hit the gym and eat healthy, so can you!
She Works Out Super Early
Mrs. Obama wakes up to go to the gym around 4:30-5:00am every morning, to squeeze in a workout before her daughters get up for school. She does a mix of cardio and weights and is often sweating it out before Barack. “I usually get to the gym before he does,” Michelle says. “But he is usually there either in the middle of my workout or right at the end.”
She Exercises Whenever, Wherever She Can
Being on the road often, Michelle makes good use of her time by exercising any time and anywhere she can. “I bring a jump rope. I can usually do some jump-roping in the hotel room,” she told US Weekly. “If I don’t have a rope or space, I might do a 30-minute routine that includes a minute of jumping jacks, alternating with a minute of pushups and then some sit-ups. You take a 30-second break and do it again.”
She Doesn’t Count Calories
- Position yourself in front of a step or box.
- Leaning back on your hands, form a 90 degree angle with your knees, feet flat on the floor.
- Slowly bend at the elbows and lower yourself into a dip, elbows at a 90 degree angle.
- Push up with your hands back to start position
- For a challenge, straighten your legs out in front of you, balancing on the backs of your heels.
- Do 12-15 reps, 3 sets.
- Assume the standard pushup position.
- Keep your right arm in the standard position, in line with your shoulders.
- Place your left hand a few inches back in line with your chest.
- Do 10-12 reps, 3 sets.
- Switch arm position after each set.
Hammer Curl to Press
- Grab a pair of 8-12 pound weights in each hand, arms at your sides with palms facing eachother.
- Bending at the elbows, curl the dumbbells up to your shoulders.
- From your shoulders, press the dumbbells up above your head until arms are straight
- Slowly lower weights back to your shoulders, then lower them back to your sides.
- Do 12-15 reps, 3 sets