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The Inside Scoop on Michelle Obama's Arms

Among today's important health-news stories, from swine flu to health-care reform, there's one item that's muscling its way to the top: Women's Health magazine has revealed Michelle Obama's secrets for sculpting sleek arms.

While many -- including MisFits columnist Vicky Hallett -- have speculated as to what kind of workout is required to craft that kind of bicep, this is apparently the first time Obama's personal trainer, Chicago's Cornell McClellan, has spilled the beans. (To see the details of his weight-training regimen, you need to register -- for free -- on the magazine's Web site.)

McClellan says he's put Obama through the paces more than 1,870 times since 1997, usually starting at 5:30 a.m.

I'm hoping that a slightly smaller commitment might yield satisfactory results and that we'll all be ready to go sleeveless -- just in time for sweater weather.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  September 8, 2009; 9:32 AM ET
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Well, yes, the workouts help I am certain. However, as the recent headlines are clearly emphasizing diet over exercise for keeping the weight healthy, so it goes with shapely arms and body. And if we expand our thinking, our consciousness, a little bit beyond just seeing a set of arms, we will recognize also that Michelle Obama is a proponent of organic foods. She's even planted a organic garden at the White House.

The connection is that foods from organic gardens and biodynamic farms based on organic compost have, 1) many more minerals than depleted commercial fertilized soils, and, 2) less of the agro-biz pesticide toxins.

The exchange of minerals in muscle cells is what makes muscle fibers contract, so organic makes a difference with muscle quality and the effects of exercise. And the body creates excessive fat stores primarily to contain toxins! (Interestingly enough, a very well based theory says that tumors are an extreme effort by the body to store toxins as well). So, organic, having less toxic agro-products in the food, prevents a lot of fat buildup.

So, holistically, the connection goes: organic foods (and no you don't have to be a millionaire to shop organic), more complete nutrition, less toxicity, better lean muscle quality, less fatty deposits, (lower diabetes, incidentally, for similar reasons of depletion of minerals and an inflamed, toxic pancreas)... and then it comes back to the body you dream of--not as a goal per se, but as a side-outcome of living in holistic common sense!

That is the continuation of this story. I exhort fitness journalists to expand their thinking to the way we grow food, because a healthy body, a healthy planet, a healthy mind, and a healthy family and a healthy humanity are all related, not just theoretically but concretely literally.

Michael Bedar

Posted by: michaelculture | September 8, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

She's had a personal trainer since 1997?!! Rich people.

Posted by: forgetthis | September 8, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

What can she do about the buck teeth and bow legs?

Posted by: Baltimore11 | September 8, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Mrs. Obama is such a beautiful woman, and her inner strength is as lovely as those immaculate arms!

forgetthis - i propose that one does not need to be rich to have a trainer, and furthermore, that even if a rich person has a trainer, they are no better or worse than if they didn't. i believe people who have earned their money legally have the right to spend it as they see fit.

Posted by: redweather | September 8, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

That eplains her arms. What explains the fact that she is the homliest First Lady in recent memory?

Posted by: donaldarc | September 8, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I think hereditary has a lot to do with it. If you back in her family history, I think you'll see her twin brother, the late singer, James Brown, had arms just like hers.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | September 8, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Did Micheles bruises heal enough for her to emerge again?

Posted by: dottydo | September 8, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

What i want to know is.... how did she get those jaws?

Posted by: baltazarcornelius | September 8, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

And this is news?

Posted by: Bubbette1 | September 8, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I guess they have to say something, since the Love of Laura and George is replacing her with the acorns today.

THE VACATION QUEEN has been hard for people to wave bon voyage to over and over, and over, and over.
People's homes are empty, (now Obamabank owned), as they try to wave from the tents and card board boxes that they live in, though they are still expected to pay for her fun.

Posted by: dottydo | September 8, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

interesting comments, it's good to see the ku klux klan reading a newspaper

Posted by: akc2 | September 8, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

dumniggar has spent too long clerking in the liquor store.

Posted by: euroguy | September 8, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

But do her thighs measure in at less than 24 inches?

Posted by: RedBird27 | September 9, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

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