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How Michelle Obama Gets Her Toned Arms

The First Lady Hates Squat Thrusts — Do You?

Much has been said about the first lady's lovely arms. Michelle Obama favors sleeveless fashions that show off her wonderfully toned shoulders.

We all know the Obamas make fitness a priority in their busy lives, and Michelle recently revealed her secret sculpting weapon: squat thrusts. This move gets no love from the first lady. She explained her feelings to People magazine like this:

"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 push-up."

I, for one, love this full body move and that is why I consider it one of my March must haves. So how do you feel about squat thrusts?


Stella-Stylist Stella-Stylist 8 years
I did these when I was in a bootcamp! They were murder!! Though I can see why Michelle's arms are so killer!
zcoral zcoral 8 years
I tried them for the first time last night and they weren't as bad as I thought they would be! I'm not even sore, so I'm wondering if I did something wrong!
karina2244 karina2244 8 years
They are so hard but love them!!
Asche Asche 8 years
My trainer calls them prison squats. They are murder, but work so well.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I love to hate them. My arms probably don't look as good as Ms. Obama's but they look pretty good and have definitely been enhanced by the move.
neonbee neonbee 8 years
I love and hate burpees. I do them really well, but I think I'm just lazy that's why I'm always annoyed when I do them. They're very effective though!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I love & hate these. I love what they do but hate doing them,lol. Although I feel strong after doing a couple, like I've conquered it for at least that day!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Never done one, but I might have to try. My upper body just looks mushy to me lately.
missyd missyd 8 years
I hate them as well, but forced to do them daily in kickboxing
Loren02 Loren02 8 years
i think i'll have to try them, thanks fit!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I can't do them due to an old elbow injury, but they work. Instead, I do a combination of pushups and plyometrics. It takes a little longer, but there's not as much stress on my arm that way.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I hate them, but they're effective.
laellavita laellavita 8 years
i hate burpees, but my trainer makes me do them during active rest - i always feel like i'm going to throw up after doing three sets.
xtinabeena xtinabeena 8 years
i hate them, but i do them almost every day.
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 8 years
I liked them when I was playing tennis. I just started them again this year and it's going to take awhile to like them again.
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
She has such an incredible body! So toned! btw, her hair looks so amazing here.
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
in cheerleading, we called them "burpees" =]
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Feel the burn!!
doogirl doogirl 8 years
My husband works as a Sergeant in a Prison and he says that this is how inmates stay in shape, by doing burpees. I'm not quite in burpee shape yet, but when I am I'll probably hate them! But if I can get arms like Michelle Obama, sign me up!
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