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First Lady Michelle Obama beats Ellen DeGeneres in push-up competition (video)

By Jenna Katharine Nelson,

First Lady Michelle Obama has bested Ellen DeGeneres in a push-up competition for the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday. The episode is scheduled to air on Thursday.

Taped in Los Angeles, the First Lady spoke with DeGeneres to promote her "Let's Move!" campaign which encourages physical activity for children to fight obesity. ABC News says Mrs. Obama works out more than one and a half hours each day, mixing cardio, weight lifting and plyo-metric exercises to keep up her fierce bod.

DeGeneres challenged Mrs. Obama during the her interview for an on-the-spot competition saying, "How many push-ups can you do?"

"Some," Mrs. Obama replied, as both tossed aside their jackets.

"How do you want to do do this?" DeGeneres asked as the audience cheered them on. "Let's do it together," Mrs. Obama replied as both women dropped and the audience counted out each push-up.

"I'm calling it," a breathless DeGeneres said as the audience called out 20, while the First Lady pumped out five more.

“I thought it wouldn’t be good to show up the first lady,” DeGeneres laughed to the audience. “So, I stopped because I thought this looks bad that I’m going to beat her. And I’m 54 and you’re 48. Let’s make sure we know.”

Clearly the First Lady could have racked up an even higher number. “I just stopped,” Mrs. Obama, said smiling.

According to The Telegraph, while in LA Mrs. Obama also visited Jay Leno, bringing him treats grown in the White House kitchen garden.

Mrs. Obama also participated in a world jumping jack event, breaking the world record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period, Yahoo! News reports. Joining over 400 children on the White House lawn, the First Lady said 300,265 people participated in jumping jack events around the world shattering the old record of 20,000.

Watch DeGeneres and Mrs. Obama battle it out below:

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