Michelle Obama & Ellen DeGeneres Do Pushups during 'The Ellen Show' in a Throwback Photo

Apr 23, 2020
02:30 P.M.
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Michelle Obama is gearing up for her version of Ellen DeGeneres’ #PlankThatSong challenge. She’s also doing some hyping before her entry. 


Earlier this week, the former First Lady shared a picture of herself and Ellen on Instagram. The photo was a throwback, and it featured a much younger Michelle during one of her appearances on the Ellen Show. 

A conversation with Michelle Obama takes place during the 2019 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 06, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana. | Source: Getty Images.


The First Lady looked fit as ever, doing some planks in front of a live audience. It appears she won’t have a problem doing it again. 

The #PlankThatSong challenge is one of the ways that the famous TV show host has kept fans engaged recently. She started it as a means of encouraging people to stay fit while at home.


It’s pretty simple — you hold a plank while singing one of your favorite songs. Michelle captioned her Instagram snap: 

“I saw that @TheEllenShow challenged me to participate in her #PlankThatSongchallenge. Well, we all know what happened the last time she challenged me! ?? (?: Michael Rozman)”


So far, the challenge has gotten some traction. Apart from Ellen, several celebrities — including Mario Lopez and Eva Longoria — have given it a shot. Michelle will join that list soon.

Each Monday, Michelle will read a popular children’s book on the social media pages of Penguin Random House and PBS Kids.

If her past push-up performances are anything to go by, however, it doesn’t appear that she’ll be having any problems crushing this.

Michelle Obama held a conversation with Phoebe Robinson about her book "Becoming" at Oslo Spektrum on April 11, 2019, in Oslo, Norway. | Source: Getty Images.


While she will be doing the plank, Michelle will also be lending parents a helping hand this period. She recently announced that she would be hosting Mondays with Michelle, a weekly virtual read-along. 

Each Monday, Michelle will read a popular children’s book on the social media pages of Penguin Random House and PBS Kids. This week, it was “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson. At the time, she said:

"As a little kid, I loved to read aloud. And when I became a parent, I found such joy in sharing the magic of storytelling with my own children.”

In the coming weeks, she will also be reading There's a Dragon in Your Book, Miss Maple's Seeds, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

At least, that might help parents engage their children while they take a break.