Michelle Obama's Right to Bare Arms

02/27/2009 at 01:43 PM ET

Ron Edmonds/AP

It may be February and freezing, but Michelle Obama is heating up D.C. with her toned arms — often bared and on display in the First Lady’s fearless fashion choices. From the Inaugural Ball, where Obama showed off her shoulders and arms in a Jason Wu strapless gown, to the pink Tracy Reese frock she chose for her PEOPLE cover, her lean limbs are what everyone is buzzing about. But don’t think they come that easily. Her workout regimen includes cardio, calisthenics and weights, she told PEOPLE when she was on the campaign trail in 2007, and don’t forget good old-fashioned pushups. “It’s jump squats, you go down into a pushup then you jump up,” she said then about her routine. “What does [my trainer] call it? Squat thrusts! That’s the one I really hate. Squat thrusts with a pushup.” Celebrity trainer Elisa Gulan said not only push-ups, but probably light weights and heavy repetition helped sculpt her arms. “She has amazing tone and definition, but her arms are also sleek and streamlined,” said Gulan, whose clients include actress Becky Newton and host Terry Seymour. “You don’t get arms like that just from being on a diet.” And how does the American public feel about her predilection for sleeveless dresses? In a USA Today poll, 2,600 readers weighed in on whether it’s appropriate for the First Lady to go sleeveless so often. Forty percent said, “Yes, she’s a modern first lady,” 11 percent said, “No, it seems too informal.” The remaining 49 percent said, “Who cares [DASH] it’s her decision.” After all, voters did choose change in November! — Additional reporting by Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

For more on White House life, including family games, dinner-table conversations and new bedtime-reading habits, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, and check out Michelle Obama’s First 100 Days of Style on InStyle.com.

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Donna on

She is young, attractive, and best of all, healthy and active!!!! Her appearance is simple, yet stylish with. She exercises, and this alone could make her an excellent role model for women of every age, but she is also one smart woman. We should embrace her grace and respect the challenge she faces raising two young, impressionable little girls in a fishbowl of media attention instead of finding idiotic reasons to be divisive. When will this nonesense ever end?

Sasha on

Snow is right, but the first lady could do nothing about it. Her mouth is like that.

We have to accept people just the way they are.

Let her wear what she want to wear. Who cares?

SL on

raelee38 – Umm, get over it. He’s our President, stop wasting time sulking and being bitter and how about pitching in to help fix this country and everything that BUSH screwed up.

raelee38 on

SL like I liked Bush…LOL!!! You are to funny!! They are both big F ups….at least Laura was nice looking but we didn’t have to wear everything she wore and see her on People and US and OK and everywhere else enough is enough!! You know there are other parties in this country right??? Don’t be so narrow minded SL!!

Fernando on

New years 2008: my little brother Chris dropped dead – a moving testimony to a brother with asperger’s syndrome, by zen peace. Asperger’s is mild form of autism that often goes undetected. Chris was a doctor and a dentist, married to a control freak and he had criminal, freeloading, manipulative relatives. Inhouse vigilance and support for doctors within the high functioning autistic spectrum is called for.

Rose on

Snow it is white folks like you who have the world in turmoil. Go get a life! She is prettier than you!

Susan on

Her teeth are so big, she can hardly get her big ‘ol lips over them. I wish she wouldn’t smile like that, it is not pretty.

Fava on

She is intelligence and grace personified. we are lucky to have such a shining example of what a woman can be. Her beauty is transcendant!

HeyJude on

To raelee38, I bet your face is uglier than your personality. And to snow, yeah, let’s see your pigface! Then we can all put you down.

Jackie on

WHO CARES?! there are more important thing to worry about like her stupid husband pulling our boys from Iraq! who gives a damn hat she wears or that they’re getting a puppy?! he should have lost the election! then maybe people would take things more seriously! some change!

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