I have a knee-jerk dislike of Jillian Michaels. I realized this as I was looking through our archives, where it seems like Bedhead sort of likes her and CB thinks Jillian has a few good ideas. I think my knee-jerk dislike of Jillian is that I dislike almost all professional trainers. I hate being bossed around, especially about my body or my workouts, and for the most part, Jillian just seems mean. Maybe “mean” works on some people who need to be motivated, but for me, I’m not going to do crunches even if you yell at me. In fact, if you yell at me, I’m less likely to do crunches ever again.
Anyway, Jillian covers the new issue of Shape and while she doesn’t seem too bad here (these aren’t terrible quotes at all), it does feel like… she only gives a crap about her body. The body, in general. She doesn’t care about feelings, emotions, disorders, what have you. Maybe that’s because she’s a trainer talking to Shape. Or maybe it’s because she has more in common with Tracy Anderson than some people will admit. Some highlights:
What she loves about her body: “My abs are the best part of my body. I know I’m lucky because when I’m in decent shape overall they tend to get toned very quickly,’ says Jillian, adding that her best exercise for abs are planks including side, extended and imbalanced planks.
Strong arms: “My best reason for having strong arms is because I love to pick up my kids.” Jillian and her partner, Heidi Rhoades, share two children together, four-year-old daughter Lukensia, who was adopted from Haiti, and two-year-old son Phoenix.
Strong back: “I love having a strong back. Metaphorically speaking, it means I can carry a lot of responsibility on my shoulders – and I do – for my family, friends and fans.”
Turning 40: “I won’t lie. This birthday was hard. I thought, ‘Oh, my God, am I halfway through my life?’ Buy when I think back on my 20s and 30s, I look better now than I ever have.”
Her least favorite body part: “We all store fat somewhere… I carry all my weight in my lower body. No matter how lean I get or how many squats or lunges I do, I always feel like my butt carries extra weight. But what I realized is that you can’t have it all.”
Yes, let’s have a discussion about having it all… with regards to carrying a couple of extra pounds in your ass. Is it my knee-jerk dislike or was that really out-of-touch? It’s totally something Gwyneth Paltrow would say… if Goop didn’t feel like she had the ass of a 22-year-old stripper. Gwyneth too finally understood the struggles of “not having it all” when she gained one pound while sitting in a trailer in Milwaukee making $10 million for a week of work. How these women struggle.
cover courtesy of Shape, additional pics by WENN.