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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April Moore on

I think she looks gorgeous. You all are just use to the Western Standard of beauty , i.e., a thin, young White women, preferably blond. Newsflash, you are probably not the standard of beauty that the U.S. goes by and neither is she, she’s an average woman just we all are. I didn’t know having super-model looks and/or being White were prerequisites for being the First Lady. You all are doing all this bashing and none of it really matters, your opinions change nothing, except maybe the way YOU feel. lol. And all of you all who are bashing her looks, how gorgeous are you? Do you have perfect teeth, and a perfectly symmetrical face? Probably not, if so, you wouldn’t be wasting your time complaining about the First Lady, who isn’t thinking about you at all.

Britelle on

Don’t be player hating girlzz! Its a love story baby just say yes!!

Love Ya!



America on

TO NillaReed: You are so right! People act like this man just walked down Pennsylvania Ave and sat at the President’s desk. People of all races and sexes as well as Democrats and Republicans who crossed parties voted for him. I gave Bush to 2004 to change my opinion of him and his administration and he did not. People can’t tell you one positive thing Bush did for this country as a whole…except for ” he kept this country safe” well so did every president BEFORE HIM. Or “he stands for my personal beliefs”. Well your personal beliefs didn’t stop 2.3 million jobs from being lost in 2008 or the thousands of people from going into foreclosure all because Wall Street and an unregulated housing industry at every level was greedy. Where was our then-President when trillions of dollars in toxic investments was flooding Wall Street, our CEO with these outrageous salaries, or the people who lost thousands from their 401?

(Sorry I got off subject but people like some of these posters make me ill acting as if Obama/Democrates single-handily put us in the situation. I never hear his opposers harp and throw stones at the people who had control of this country for the last eight years and LEAD us into this mess!)

lukeslomka on

she has got really nice arms, perfect

M. Carlin on

There is a time and place for everything, with all due respect to the First Lady, she needs to develop a ‘White House’ Style. It is one thing to try and make a personal statement if you are a private citizen but she is living in a fish bowl and respresents the highest office in the country.

Jon on


msphene on

raelee38 and snow you both have stated

America on

M. Carlin…

…the same was said about Hilary in Bill’s first term and the press hated Laura’s style through most of Bush’s two terms. What is White House Style?

Pamela on

So she has a great shape and nice arms because she is rich and has time to work out. Must be nice, wish I could take time to work out but I have to work two jobs just to pay bills and try to keep my house and a place to live. It cost money to join curves or any work out place and it takes time to work out. If a person like me is working two jobs just to live we don’t have time to work out. If I lived in the white house and had everything paid for I could take time to work out too. Sometimes I really get sick of all these people talking about how nice she looks. Try just eating potatos or noodles which are fattening but there cheap because that is all a working person can buy. But if your rich in the white house you can have trainers and chefs and life is great right. She don’t have to worry about gas money to drive to work and worry if her house payment is made, just take time to work out and travel somewhere and have fun while the rest of us tray to survive but the world thinks she is great because she has good looking arms.

Sinead56 on

The more I think about this ‘Fluff’ piece about her “Toned” arms the more I want to be sick.

Is this all we can expect from her? Maybe she always wanted to be a ‘Cover Girl’…who knows!

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