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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jenny on

Perhaps my comment is irrelevant to the article, but in all honesty, and without discrediting her intelligence and charisma, the woman is very homely.

Denae on

I’m sorry but she is a great example of an educated, accomplished woman. But c’mon, She may have toned arms, however she is not an attractive woman. Look at the picture. Her dress doesn’t fit well in the bust, she has a pouchy stomach and her face looks twisted. I can admire her for the person she is and let that make her beautiful, but physically, she just isn’t.

NillaReed on

I don’t really care what she wears…she’s a classy lady no matter what. My question is—why all the remarks about how she looks. Personally, I believe that she’s a beautiful lady. Yes, I used the word “lady”….and frankly one of the prettier ladies that have grace the White House. You guys need to get a grip!! There is some serious hating going on. Whether you like it or not–THE OBAMAS ARE IN THE WHITE HOUSE. The PEOPLE have spoken and the PEOPLE have selected their president. Deal with it! He wasn’t handed the presidency, the PEOPLE voted for him.

Texan411 on

Hmmm people are still mad that the American people shunned their party….BIG TIME. Goodbye conservative America.

elaine on

yeah, if I could afford a personal trainer, my arms would look great too!

NillaReed on

Susan….She may have “big ol'” lips but there are people out there that pay thousand of dollars every day for full lips. Get a grip…jealousy is an ugly monster.

GoddessLu on

After reading the preceding 4 pages of comments, it amazes me how some of you people who apparently did not vote for the current administration choose to air your displeasure by slamming the First Lady. (1) She has a right to wear sleeveless–be it August or February. She’s got the arms for it. (2) Pretty or ugly is subjective and often determined by what is seen in the reflection of the judging party’s mirror. (3) What are the Obamas “getting away” with (as one post-er put it) that did fly in the Bush administration? Seriously, I’m super curious. Bush (via his proxy Cheney) pushed through so much crap (alienation of the United Nations, Iraq war, the Patriot Act, to name oh but a few of the missteps taken) and turned his head to the economy for all of his term (there was a huge budget SURPLUS when he took office, remember?), letting it ride as the GOP often does in the face of real adversity. Obama is doing a lot because there is a lot of clean-up and 8 years of ignorance to undo. No, he’s not the messiah but he’s a leader that’s taking his job description seriously, unlike his predecessor. Nothing to say about Mrs. Bush, nice enough lady who chose to marry down.

NillaReed on

Way to go Marky! I’m with you. The question was about her arms and it just turned ugly.

Trevor on

I hate Obamas politics, and I didn’t vote for him, but his family stuff is personal, and none of our business.

Crystal Marie on

To all those that said, “Why are we so concerned about what she has on… there are bigger issues…”, how did you get to this page? Did you accidentally think it was a news article.

Shame on the pot calling the kettle black.

And I agree, it is freezing in Washington, DC… OUTSIDE. Last I checked, the Chamber of Congress was a heated building.

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