Like every year, many of us are going to be making our New Year’s Resolution, and many of those resolutions will involve weight loss/fitness/health in some capacity. Who better to catch up with than former ‘Biggest Loser’ trainer Jillian Michaels, who’s known for her “tough as nails” approach? She shared the secret to her success.
Jillian covers the January/February issue of Women’s Health magazine:
She also got honest in her interview about her feelings about exercise. She’s not exactly a fan of it, either!
If I had to think about finding something in the gym that doesn’t make me wish I was dead in the moment, I really love body-weight training and being very creative with my physicality. Whether it’s free running, or any type of calisthenics exercise, that peaks my curiosity.”
I agree with the “dead in the moment” bit. What peaks my curiosity? Not much, when it comes to exercise ;). Jillian feels that her admitted dislike of exercise is part of what makes her relatable.
The interesting thing about me is that I…people always ask ‘Why YOU? Why are you so successful?’ and they would always find so much fault with any aspect of my fitness pedigree or my physique and yet ask why have I been so successful in the field of fitness? And I think there are a host of reasons—from authenticity, passion, etc. But another reason I think that I’m so relatable is because I hate to workout.
“So when you ask me, ‘What do love about the gym? What do you hate about it?’ what I love is that I feel empowered. What I love is I feel comfortable in my own skin, let alone my own skinny jeans, and that’s a big deal for me. Fitness is transcendent. When you feel strong physically, you feel strong in every other facet of your life.”
YES. There’s no question that the benefits of exercise are great, even if the process itself is… not so fun. Jillian also got honest about selfies and belfies.
I’m not into fitness professionals who post selfies that show off their butts or other body parts. Come on, that’s not fitness—it’s softcore porn. God bless, but let’s call it what it is. We’ve come so far, and this is where you’re taking the movement? Put your clothes on. I get it—you love your body and bravo that—but it’s not fitness. Fitness to me is about empowering people. It’s about redefining self-image.”
She says self-love is what’s most important, although being healthy is also key.
I think people need to love themselves no matter who they are or what they look like, because only from that place can you truly have happiness and abundance. But I’m not going to embrace people being unhealthy. People ask me what’s a through line for the morbidly obese, and I’d say a lack of self worth. If you really loved yourself, you would know that if we cut your artery open, it wouldn’t be a beautiful thing.
“So this is where I’m like, ‘Let’s completely separate your beauty and your worth from your body. You as a person? You’re beautiful; you’re worthy. Your body? Unhealthy.’ Let’s cut the s–t.”
PREACH, Jillian! I think that’s really why she’s so popular: she’s so honest.
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