Michelle Obama V. Sarah Palin: Who Wins THIS Bare Arms Race?

Thu, November 18, 2010 4:54pm EST by 4 Comments
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USSR-USA? Eisenhower-Khrushchev? Forget it: Mobama and Mama Grizzly are going gun-to-gun in an arms race for the AGES! Who do YOU think has the tighter triceps and more bodacious biceps?

First Lady Michelle Obama, 46, and ex-Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, 46, are now in a battle for who has the better arms! Palin appeared on Fox Business last week with her arms out … and we’ve seen plenty of the First Lady’s guns since she got to DC! Who’s got the better arm-arsenal?

Plus, our experts suggest how you can get toned arms just like Michelle and Sarah!

“Michelle’s arms have better separation from her shoulders,” celebrity trainer John Spencer Ellis says. “Muscle separation is a definitive line that separates the cap of the shoulder from the muscles of the bicep.”

John says that there are three basic exercises you can focus on to get your arms toned too:

  • Lateral dumbbell raises for shoulders.
  • Dumbbell curls for the biceps.
  • Dumbbell dips from a chair for the back of the arm.

John suggests you do these exercises twice a week in 2-5 sets, depending on your ability, with 10-15 repetitions per set.

Celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler agrees with John that both women are in great shape. “The point I would like to make is that both women workout on a regular basis,” she says. “And if you want to have results of toned muscles you need to add resistance training to the routine.”

Kathy suggests you try: push ups, pull ups, triceps dips, bicep curls, shoulder presses and lateral raises. “They are all great and can be done with your own body weight or 5 pound dumbbells,” she says. “My favorite exercise is also another one you can do with your own body weight. This is the full body plank. You get core strength, and then also by supporting your whole body, you will tone your whole arm.”

“Try to hold this for at least one minute every time you do this exercise,” Kathy adds. “I recommend at least 4 times a week.”

Now, it’s time to cast your vote! Who has better arms: Michelle or Sarah?

– Lindsey DiMattina