I probably shouldn’t confess this, but I am fascinated by Jillian Michaels. I own a couple of her workout DVDs, but I’ve only watched a few episodes of The Biggest Loser. My impression of her is that she (much like Scott Disick of the Kardashian Klan) plays the villain of the show. Correct me if I’m wrong. Her workouts aren’t easy, but she does advocate the all-important 10% rule of increasing intensity and duration. Jillian seems like the typical hardass variety of physical trainer who sometimes get carried away, but she’s nowhere near the league of Tracy Anderston a-holery.
Jillian is about to turn 40, by the way. I find that unbelievable, but maybe you disagree. Jillian has talked to People and admits that she kind of hates working out:
The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels‘ body is so bangin’, she must love hitting the gym — right?
“I really dislike working out,” she tells PEOPLE at the launch event for her new 30-minute interval class at Curves gyms. “No matter what I’m doing, whether it’s yoga or spinning or even my Curves circuit class, I’m like, ‘Mother of God!’ It’s hard. And there’s never a moment where it’s hard and I’m going, ‘Oh, I just love this!’ Everything hurts.”
So what motivates her to get moving? “I tell myself that I love my skinny jeans. I love playing with my kids. And I don’t mean watching them play, I mean playing with them,” she says.
When it comes to exercise, Michaels says that everyone — regardless of fitness level — should work out at least four days a week for 30 minutes at a time. And if you fall off the wagon, climb right back on.
“If you get a flat tire, you don’t get out of the car and slash all three other tires,” she says. “You fix the flat and you keep going. So you missed [a workout] today. Control your diet a little bit better and go tomorrow. It’s that simple,” she says.
To make things as easy as possible, she keeps a stock of meals in her freezer for nights when she needs a “quick and easy” dinner, making sure each meal has fewer than 500 calories. “If you know, ‘I’m not making it to the gym today,’ well, don’t have a bottle of wine with your buddy and go out for Italian food that night. You just mitigate it and you jump back on the wagon.”
“I explain to [my daughter] why we eat healthy [foods], and I incentivize them,” she says. “So for example, she loves Katy Perry, and I’ll say … ‘she roars better with kale! Katy Perry loves this!’ And so she’s like, ‘Mom, does Katy Perry like this?’ I’m like, ‘She hates pizza, honey.’”
But it’s not all about pop stars: “I also tell her, ‘I want you to grow up tall, I want you to grow up strong.’ She totally gets that.”
God, she sounds way too relatable here. This admission is comparable to when Jillian confessed how difficult it is to parent. I understand what she’s saying about disliking workouts because I feel that way a good chunk of the time too. There are those very few times when I do enjoy it, but that probably the endorphins talking.
What do you think of Jillian’s take on getting her daughter to eat healthy food? I hope she’s kidding about the pizza part. Jillian doesn’t sound like she’d totally deprive her kids of fun food like Goop does. The Katy Perry part is funny though. It’s nice to know that Katy’s existence serves a higher purpose in the world.
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