Obamas' Trainer Tells His Fitness Secrets

Ever wonder who keeps the president and first lady fit? Presidential trainer Cornell McClellan, a Chicago native who has being training the couple for more than a decade, explains it all.

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Despite what Rush Limbaugh says, Michelle Obama has an enviable body, and her husband's not so bad in the fitness department, either. The man who keeps them in shape recently offered some revealing details about the presidential fitness regimen.  

Cornell McClellan, personal trainer to the first family and a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, told the New York Times that Obama does a mixture of cardio and strength training and spends a lot of time playing golf and basketball to stay in shape.

"He is very motivated and he loves to work, so that makes it very easy for me," McClellan said.

The couple exercises for at least an hour every day and, depending on their calendars, two to four times a week. The secret weapon behind the first lady's fit arms can also be found in McClellan, who notes that the first couple likes to work out together early in the morning. McClellan trained the Obamas for more than 10 years in Chicago, and now he makes weekly visits to the White House.

He said that the president likes to run on the treadmill and often tunes in to ESPN's SportsCenter when working up a sweat. He offers little details on the first lady's specific workouts, but he does say that she is eager and dedicated.

The Times also dishes on the workout routine of other White House staffers, including Michael Strautmanis, a deputy assistant to the president; and David Axelrod, Obama's former senior adviser, who recently left to return to Chicago.

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