May 9th, 2011
06:15 PM ET
By White House Producers Shawna Shepherd and Bonney Kapp
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The first lady gave up the secret behind her toned arms as she encouraged military families to get more active.
As Michelle Obama rolled out "Let's Move!" commitments for National Guard and Reserve families, she gave a shout-out to her personal trainer, Cornell McClellan.
"If anybody wants to know who’s responsible for these arms - it’s that guy," said Mrs. Obama. "And it is always helpful to have somebody else pushing you - because let me tell you, there are times when my rational mind says it’s enough, and he says no it’s not."
As part of the Joining Forces initiative, Mrs. Obama announced that immediate family members of actively deployed National Guard and Reserve members will get access to gym memberships and personal training so they can pursue a healthier lifestyle – and maybe be able to match the first lady's buff arms.
In addition to training the first lady, McClellan also serves on the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. He and other council members led children and some adults in a series of exercise activities on the South Lawn of the White House Monday afternoon.
Mrs. Obama, joined by Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes, basketball player Grant Hill, figure skater Michelle Kwan, tennis legend Billie Jean King, and other members of the President's Council, thanked military families in the crowd for their service.
"We know that when our troops serve, you all serve. And I think that it’s time that we started serving you in return," she said. "It’s time we started doing everything as a country that we can do to show our gratitude for your contributions to this nation."
The initiative, announced Monday, includes three components:
1. The International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association is offering more than 100,000 free memberships to immediate family members of actively deployed National Guard and Reserve members.
2. The American Council on Exercise will provide at least one million hours of free personal training and instruction to the same group of families.
"I mean, what more - free gym membership! A trainer! No excuse," she exclaimed.
3. Members of the Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition will conduct a series of events and outreach with military families all across the country.
Mrs. Obama said that NASCAR driver Carl Edwards would be visiting military bases to talk fitness, and that former New England Patriot Teddy Bruschi is on his way to Mount Kilimanjaro to hike the mountain with a team of wounded warriors.
Before demonstrating some dance moves to Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair," Mrs. Obama encouraged the crowd to get moving.
"Movement doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive," she said. "It’s a walk in the park. It’s a run around the park. It’s dancing in the living room."