Failed to mention earlier, at the same event where she announced Drew Brees and Dominique Dawes as the new co-chairs of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Michelle Obama also showed off some mad juggling and jump rope skills.
Michelle Obama visited an elementary school in D.C. yesterday to announce the new co-chairs of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, aka, the council that made you do the v-shit and reach and dangle while attempting to do pull-ups for all those years. Her picks: The MVP of this year's Super Bowl, Drew Brees, and Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes. You may recall that in addition to the whole playing football all the time thing, Drew Brees is hooked on TRX. Not exactly clear what co-chairing the council entails for Dominique and Drew, but starring in workout videos for kids seems to be part of the gig. Check out the pretty cute Dominique Dawes/Sesame Street "Froggy Jump" video after the jump.More...
Four years ago, there were no triathlons in D.C. Now, more than 2,000 people are expected to participate in the Washington D.C. Triathlon on June 20th. And come September, more than 7,000 are expected for another D.C. triathlon. Ten years ago the DC Triathlon Club was an email list with 15 names on it. Today it boasts more than 1,000 members. What gives with the DC triathlon explosion? Explanation 1: D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, a tri-fanatic, has pushed sporting events. Explanation 2: USA Triathlon has seen a 523 percent increase in membership since 2000, so D.C. isn't that special. Explanation 3: Everyone's doing it in hopes of pressuring Michelle into taking up the sport. MObama in spandex, amazing!
...And his is a lot more awkward than hers. On Tuesday, Michelle Obama spent time with Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) in his home state, visiting the Red Rock National Conservation Area outside Las Vegas, to promote her Let's Move! initiative. She spoke to a group of children, swore them in as junior rangers, then she and Harry and the kids exercised together. All good, (though his black pants, the Las Vegas sunshine, and exercise seem like a tough combo) until Harry and Michelle did this mountain pose thing where they pressed their palms together. Apparently, Harry Reid leaned in a little strong. "Senator Reid almost knocked me over!" Michelle said afterward, which is really only funny since it's clear who's capable of knocking over who...
This morning, in a speech at the Department of the Interior, President Obama announced a new "Great Outdoors" initiative. Sort of like Michelle's "Let's Move" campaign, but in the woods. One of the stated goals: "[To] help families spend more time outdoors, building on what the First Lady has done through the 'Let’s Move' initiative to encourage young people to hike and bike and get outside more often." Details still unclear, though country-wide "listening sessions" (which sounds like something that involves way too much sitting) are part of the agenda. (via Outside).
Should you require any further evidence that Zumba (aka that booty-shaking Latin dance class that's everywhere) has crossed over from a burgeoning trend to a mega-movement, the Independent reports that the Obamas are hosting a giant Zumba class on the White House lawn later this year. Now that Zumba is entering the Obamasphere, the Independent apparently decided it also needed some historic examination. Where did this crazy Zumba come from? Is it related to Roomba or Woomba? Find out these and all your other burning Zumba questions with a peek at the Zumba Timeline:More...
2010 is, apparently, the year for debunking my long-held beliefs about working out and the body. Already this year, the Tarahumara foot strike has changed how I run; the paleo diet has altered how I look at food, and I've learned that excessive cardio can cause muscle loss, and should be limited to about 20 minutes a day on weight-lifting days. Other discoveries: situps are the worst ab exercise and can eff up your back and literally pull your spine forward; there are fast and slow twitch muscle fibers, and we need to activate both; sex after workouts increases testosterone, which aids muscle growth; and, of course, yoga is bad for you. But the fundamentals of lifting are pretty simple and untouchable, right?More...
Every week, we're highlighting one of the great minds and bodies in our Social Workout community. This week's Featured Body: 100Pounds. Look for her workouts on the homepage all week.
About a year ago, I did this concert and wore my sexxay black Tadashi halter gown. Posted the pics on Facebook, and got my favorite compliment ever: "Cindy, you're getting Michelle Obama arms!"And people began referring to my arms as "guns", which as a woman I find somewhat less flattering, but hey. I'll take it.
- What's the best thing in your gym bag? My swimsuit! Not for swimming, but for lounging in the hottub and sauna post-workout. I feel like I'm on a vacation!
- What's your secret (fitness-related) sin? If I'm low on energy before going to the gym, I'll stop at Starbucks and get a cookie. I figure calorie-wise it's about the same as a Luna bar, and I'd just rather eat the cookie.
- What's your number one workout spot? Crunch, Union Square! I'm usually there 3 or 4 nights a week.
- What's the healthiest thing you eat? Carrots and roasted pine nut hummus. I used to make fun of my friends for eatting "rabbit food" in high school, but then I decided to stop eatting crap all the time and tried it. Now all my co-workers want to steal my snacks.