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Michelle Obama Vs. Ellen DeGeneres On Air Push-Up Contest

First Posted: 02/ 2/2012 2:24 pm Updated: 02/ 2/2012 4:17 pm

Just how fit is our First Lady? Watch her use those famous, enviably chiseled guns to best talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Both women, well into middle age (Obama is 48 and DeGeneres is 54), put up good numbers -- though Obama clearly took the lead, easily completing 25 push ups with perfect form and the stamina to keep going. The FLOTUS is also proficient in playfully talking smack. When DeGeneres asked for an opinion on who could do more push-ups, Obama replied: "It depends on how your back is -- I know you have these back issues."

For anyone who has followed the First Lady's efforts to improve physical fitness for Americans, none of this should be surprising: she was on "Ellen" to promote her "Let's Move" campaign. Previously, she broke the Guiness World Record for the most jumping jacks. For more FLOTUS fitness moments, check out Healthy Living's retrospective of Obama's 2011 athletic achievements here:

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Long before she was in the public eye, Michelle Obama understood the importance of regular exercise. While still in Chicago, she enlisted the help of trainer and fitness center owner Cornell McClellan. A few years later, McClellan started working with the future president, as well. He even moved to D.C. to continue assisting the First Family and contribute to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

So what kinds of routines does McClellan favor for Mrs. O? "We do a lot of strength, interval stuff, yoga, boxing, all kinds of stuff," he told Self recently. "They're the best clients -- they're always motivated."

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Filed by Meredith Melnick  |