Obamas' Personal Trainer On The Former First Couple Now: 'I Think They Smile More'

Chicago-based personal trainer Cornell McClellan has been working with former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama for more than 20 years, but he’s noticed a rather striking difference in their post-White House workout routines.

“I think they smile more,” he said.

That’s among the many revelations that McClellan recently shared about the Obamas, the family that he packed up and moved to DC with during their time in the White House. As People shares, McClellan sounds pretty pleased with his famous clients - and he’s none too shy about pushing them to their limits.

“I enjoy training them more than anything, because they’re people who feel like I feel about fitness and the importance of it,” he said. “It’s great to work with people who have that mindset."

"So my task as their trainer is to find ways to make it tough on them. When they say, ‘Are you crazy?’ I know I’m doing my job.”

McClellan tailors the routines to the individual needs of the couple, and he notes that their enthusiasm for fitness helps him to get his point across to other clients now that he’s back in the private sector.

“[Michelle]'s been able to do some of the classes that weren’t as convenient when they were in office. She can do sociable things and get outside," he said.

"She loves SoulCycle."

He said of Obama, “He works out as much, if not more, as her. He really believes in it."

"One of the things we say when people complain that they don’t have time to work out is, ‘The President of the United States works out every day! You’ve got to find another excuse.’”

For those that are looking to duplicate the former First Couple’s routines to a tee, McClellan didn’t completely spill the beans - but he did offer up some clues on how he helps to ensure that they stay in tip-top shape.

“With [Michelle] and President Obama, we mix it up a lot,” McClellan added. “We do things with weights, with kettlebells, with bands and tubes and TRXs to keep the body guessing.”

Since he’s worked with the Obama’s for so long, it’s quite clear that McClellan has developed quite a close relationship with them. That said, he’s careful not to push the envelope too far when bringing up potentially hot-button issues.

“We generally don’t talk about what’s going on with the new administration,” McClellan laughed.

For another clue as to what gets the Obamas' motor running, McClellan notes that they both have shown a proclivity for the sweet science.

“But one of the things I used to love to do with the President is making sure we had time to box. And the First Lady will do it, too,” he said.

“For people with high-stress jobs, boxing really works for them. To be able to punch some things.”

It doesn’t get any more high stress on the job front than being the occupants of the White House for two consecutive terms, so we can imagine that Barack and Michelle had a ton of stress to work off. Based on the gobs of photos that have been making the rounds of them enjoying their vacation time, we’re going to assume they don’t feel the urge to put the gloves on as often these days.

Source: People
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