Posted by: Lori Schmidt Lutze | September 10, 2009

Michelle Obama and Olivia’s Secret Workouts

Finally a news leak worth listening to . . . just how does Michelle Obama stay so fit?  What are her secrets?  Surely every woman wants to know!  We found out this week that some of Michelle’s hot tips include:

  • tricep pushdowns and hammer curls
  • lunges, benchpresses, and hip raises
  • jumping rope and kickboxing

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WOW–that’s a lot of hard work!!  Here’s our Joyceland response to all the woo-hooing over Michelle’s O’s routine:  our own VIP, Liv, has a workout formula that is much more practical, doable, and fun.  Before Liv’s workout DVD comes out, let’s walk through some of the particulars of her very Joyce program . . .

Equipment needed:

  • a basement
  • an old t-shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes
  • an exercise ball–if you dare! 

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Remember, you only do the routine on Mondays which frees you up for lots of parties and other things during your six days of recovery.  And the nice thing about Mondays is that you GET IT OVER WITH! 

Begin with the aerobic portion:

  • to warm up, run around the perimeter of your basement ten times
  • run around the perimeter ten more times, but with this series you run around ‘stuff’ as well (ping pong tables, couches, large storage boxes)
  • make sure you tag or touch all walls on every lap–the wall touching helps you avoid cheating (Joyce loves to cheat a little so wall tagging is a must for her!)

Next you move to the Mary Poppins series which is very fun because you add in a little singing and dancing.  Using the lyrics from ‘Step in Time’ (which was originally sung by Bert and the Chimney Sweeps) you match your movements to the lyrics that you’re singing:

‘Kick your knees up, step in time, kick your knees up, step in time
Never need a reason, never need a rhyme
Kick your knees up, step in time!’

This can be followed with: 

‘Spin in place, step in time’     or     ‘Jump in place, step in time’     or     ‘Hands above your head, step in time’ . . . and you repeat the series until you feel very Mary Poppins, very happy, and just a little winded.

Finally, the concluding part–ab work–is for danger lovers only.  But life, in and of itself, is a little dangerous isn’t it?  Don’t let the danger part deter you!  Let’s face it, ab work can be risky!  Here’s what you can try: 

  • Sit on the exercise ball.  Yup, that’s right–just sit there.  It’s a ball and it’s not stable–so your abs will get a great workout simply by trying to keep your ass on the ball.
  • Lay on your side on the ball and do some side sit-ups.  Yes, it’s risky, but it’s fun to roll off and see where you land.  See how many times you roll off and land in the same spot and give yourself points for creative landings.    

Here’s how you look when you’re done—Hello Ann Margaret!!!

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Liv, we give you a big Joyceland thanks for previewing your exercise DVD for us.  We can’t wait to buy a copy! 


  1. Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! 🙂

  2. Really nice posts. I will be checking back here regularly.

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