Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama reveals how to get her toned arms

Michelle Obama isn't afraid of a little sweat.

The former first lady has long been an advocate of healthy eating and exercise. While in the White House, she initiated the "Let's Move Campaign", broke it down with Ellen DeGeneres on the dance floor, and of course went viral for her healthy take on DJ Snake's "Turn Down for What" song.

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She's constantly encouraging people to get active, break a sweat and live their best lives. After all, those Michelle Obama arms didn't come from just anywhere -- she had to work for it. And in a recent Instagram post, she revealed just how.

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When I was at the White House, I often hosted bootcamp weekends for my close girlfriends. It didn’t matter that we were all at varying fitness levels. Our bootcamp weekends were a reminder that if we want to keep taking care of others, we need to take care of ourselves first. And even though I’m no longer at the White House, I've continued this tradition and wanted to share some photos. My girlfriends have been there for me through all kinds of life transitions over the years – including a pretty big one recently! – and we’ve done our best to stay healthy together. Whether it’s a bootcamp or a walk around the neighborhood, I hope you and your crew can find some time this summer to be healthy together.
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The former FLOTUS explained in the post that she often hosted fitness boot camps for her close friends on the White House lawn.

"Our bootcamp weekends were a reminder that if we want to keep taking care of others, we need to take care of ourselves first. And even though I'm no longer at the White House, I've continued this tradition and wanted to share some photos," she wrote in the post.

From the photos, it looks like planks, squats and crunches might be the key to Michelle's toned arms.

She's has long been a proponent for fitness -- but her arms have been a big point of deliberation for critics all around. In 2009, she caused an "uproar" for choosing to go sleeveless in her first official portrait as first lady. Many criticized her for showing too much skin.

But many also complimented her bold style move and the eventual impact it had on one of her core missions during her time in the White House. "The Obama effect has been that women of all ages have been inspired to take responsibility for their health and their body," said Rylan Duggan, a personal trainer, to CNN in 2009.

And clearly, the Obama effect still stands today.

Inside Michelle Obama's fitness campaign:

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US First Lady Michelle Obama embraces Sesame Street characters Elmo(L) and Rosita during an event announcing free licensing of Sesame Street characters to promote and market fresh fruit and vegetables by Produce Marketing Association growers, suppliers and retailers, as part of the Let's Move initiative, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, October 30, 2013. The agreement utilizes the strength of the Sesame Street brand to help deliver messages about fresh fruits and vegetables and characters such as Elmo and Big Bird may be on produce in stores as early as mid-2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 08: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plays on the field during the NFL�s Play 60 campaign to fight childhood obesity at Brock Elementary School September 8, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Obama joined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former NFL coach Tony Dungy to promote the Play 60 campaign and the NFL's newest efforts to support Let's Move! (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE - JULY 20: First lady Michelle Obama talks to Will Ohman #13 and Jeremy Guthrie #46 of the Batimore Orioles during the promotion of her 'Let's Move' campaign at Camden Yards on July 20, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) kicks-off the South Lawn Series by exercising with local school children at the White House to promote physical activity and engage children from the DC community in support of her Let�s Move campaign on May 25, 2010 in Washington. AFP PHOTO / Tim Sloan (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama tours the Fresh Grocer supermarket, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 19, 2010. Obama, joined by US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, visited the area to speak about her initiative, Let's Move, a program to combat childhood obesity. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 08: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plays on the field during the NFL�s Play 60 campaign to fight childhood obesity at Brock Elementary School September 8, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Obama joined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former NFL coach Tony Dungy to promote the Play 60 campaign and the NFL's newest efforts to support Let's Move! (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 08: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama throws a football during the NFL�s Play 60 campaign to fight childhood obesity at Brock Elementary School September 8, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Obama joined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former NFL coach Tony Dungy to promote the Play 60 campaign and the NFL's newest efforts to support Let's Move! (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 20: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) talks to White House Executive Chef Cristeta Pasia Comerford (2nd L) as local 5th graders from Bancroft Elementary look on during the White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest October 20, 2010 at the White House in Washington, DC. The harvest was part of the first lady�s Let�s Move! campaign to reduce childhood obesity. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Beyonce surprises students at PS/MS 161 in Harlem as part of First Lady Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move' initiative to fight childhood obesity. The students were dancing to 'Move Your Body,' which the singer recorded for the initiative. Middle School students from around the country were participating in the four-minute flash dance routine simultaneously 1:42 pm EST on May 3, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Beyonce surprises students at PS/MS 161 in Harlem as part of First Lady Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move' initiative to fight childhood obesity. The students were dancing to 'Move Your Body,' which the singer recorded for the initiative. Middle School students from around the country were participating in the four-minute flash dance routine simultaneously 1:42 pm EST on May 3, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: First lady Michelle Obama poses with area school children during an event on the south lawn of the White House on March 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. The first lady hosted a street hockey workout and clinic with the NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks as a part of the Let's Move! initiative. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
First lady Michelle Obama attends the third annual White House kitchen garden fall harvest. The garden is part of the first lady's better health and Let's Move initiatives. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 5: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama harvests vegetables with local children from Bancroft and Tubman Elementary schools as they participate in the White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest, October 5, 2011 at the White House in Washington, DC. Michelle Obama planted the White House kitchen garden to help connect kids with the food they eat as part of her Let's Move! initiative. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
First Lady Michelle Obama plays soccer as she hosts a 'Let's Move!' event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, October 6, 2011, with the US Women's National Soccer Team. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady Michelle Obama, Sam Kass, Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives, and Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio, center, watch as chefs from past seasons of 'Top Chef and students take part in a cooking competition at the Kleberg Rylie Recreation Center in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 10, 2012. The event, which helped celebrate the second anniversary of the Let's Move! initiative, highlighted the work being done in schools across America to provide healthier food to students. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House. (Photo by Sonya Hebert/White House/Handout/The White House/Corbis via Getty Images)
CROPPED VERSION US First Lady Michelle Obama raises her arms as British footballer David Beckham (R) applauds during a football game with children as part of the 'Let's Move-London' event at the Winfield House in London on July 27, 2012, hours before the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)
US First Lady Michelle Obama harvests vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden following an announcement of free licensing of Sesame Street characters to promote and market fresh fruit and vegetables by Produce Marketing Association growers, suppliers and retailers, as part of the Let's Move initiative, at the White House in Washington, DC, October 30, 2013. The agreement utilizes the strength of the Sesame Street brand to help deliver messages about fresh fruits and vegetables and characters such as Elmo and Big Bird may be on produce in stores as early as mid-2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama harvests sweet potatoes from the White House Kitchen Garden following an announcement of free licensing of Sesame Street characters to promote and market fresh fruit and vegetables by Produce Marketing Association growers, suppliers and retailers, as part of the Let's Move initiative, at the White House in Washington, DC, October 30, 2013. The agreement utilizes the strength of the Sesame Street brand to help deliver messages about fresh fruits and vegetables and characters such as Elmo and Big Bird may be on produce in stores as early as mid-2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 25: First Lady Michelle Obama gives a child a hug as she arrives for a game of snag putting during a visit to the Gwen Cherry Park NFL/YET Center on February 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The visit was part of a celebration around the fourth anniversary of Lets Move!, her initiative to ensure that all our children grow up healthy and reach their full potential. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 25: First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a yoga class during a visit to the Gwen Cherry Park NFL/YET Center as she celebrates the 4th Anniversary of Let's Move on February 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/WireImage)
First lady Michelle Obama with Sam Kass, Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy and Let's Move Executive Director, as they speak to school children during the annual fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden at the White House in Washington. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)
First lady Michelle Obama is joined by school children as they harvest vegetables in the annual fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden at the White House in Washington. On the left is Sam Kass, Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy and Let's Move Executive Director. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 17: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a cooking demonstration for local students at the James Beard American Restaurant on June 17, 2015 in Milan, Italy. After visiting London, Michelle Obama has travelled to Italy where she is expected to speak about her 'Let's Move' initiative to combat childhood obesity. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 17: First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a cooking demonstration for local students at the James Beard American Restaurant on June 17, 2015 in Milan, Italy. After visiting London, Michelle Obama has travelled to Italy where she is expected to speak about her 'Let's Move' initiative to combat childhood obesity. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama host a group of Girl Scouts, including Daphnye Shell, 9, of Peggs, Oklahoma, for a campout on the South Lawn of the White House June 30, 2015 in Washington, DC. The first family hosted the event as part of the first lady's Let's Move! Outside initiative and for Girl Scouts to earn the new Girls' Choice Outdoor badge. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/WHITE HOUSE POOL (ISP POOL IMAGES)/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) and first lady Michelle Obama (3rd L), flanked by Daphnye Shell (L) of Peggs, Oklahoma, and Kennedi Pridget (R) of Maryland, participate in a campfire songs session with fourth-grade Girl Scouts during the first-ever White House Campout June 30, 2015 at South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. The first lady hosted the event, as part of her Let's Move! Outside initiative, for Girl Scouts to participate in activities to earn their Camper Badge, and to celebrate the release of the new Girls' Choice Outdoor badges. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in a campfire songs session with fourth-grade Girl Scouts during the first-ever White House Campout June 30, 2015 at South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. The first lady hosted the event, as part of her Let's Move! Outside initiative, for Girl Scouts to participate in activities to earn their Camper Badge, and to celebrate the release of the new Girls' Choice Outdoor badges. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - March 15: First lady Michelle Obama departs after speaking to leading parenting bloggers, online influencers, and content creators March 15, 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington D.C. The first lady hosted an event attended by about 150 people addressing the health of the nation's kids as part of the 'Let's Move!' initiative. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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