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Monday, February 28, 2011
The Obamas’ Fitness Secret Revealed: Meet Their Trainer

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An article in The New York Times today offers a glimpse of how personal trainer Cornell McClellan (seen above at right) helps President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama maintain their chiseled physiques. The results achieved are apparently so good, other White House staffers have signed up for training sessions with McClellan, in some cases at the President’s urging. Former Presidential advisor David Axelrod lost 25 pounds through McClellan’s training sessions while Michael Strautmanis, President Obama’s deputy assistant, became 20 pounds lighter.

Are these results the anecdotes of celebrity lore or can the rest of us achieve the same kinds of results through personal training? “It’s not about celebrity, it’s about consistency,” says Garth Johnson, a personal trainer for the 92Y May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport. “You need to be consistent in performing your workouts, maintaining good eating habits and getting a proper amount of rest.” Johnson added that he has clients who have realized demonstrable weight loss through personal training, as well as experiencing improved motor skills and agility.

Personal training provides value to fitness enthusiasts in the way they are safely coached to reach new levels of conditioning. “All good athletes get in shape through the use of a coach or trainer. Everyday people need the same push to reach goals which have been considered hard to reach. That’s where a trainer comes in,” Johnson said.

92Y personal training and sports instruction helps fitness enthusiasts or full and part-time athletes achieve new levels of conditioning for virtually any physical activity.

[May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport]

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