FREE Workout and Winning Words from Jillian Michaels

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Jillian Michaels, hard-core trainer extraordinaire, is gracing the cover of SELF's July 2009 issue. As a fitness professional, I'm always interested in what she's up to—on TV, in her workout DVDs and everywhere else. So I grabbed this issue when it hit my desk and turned straight to page 36 to read her story.

In the article, Jillian lets the readers in on a few behind the scenes secrets about "The Biggest Loser," and in her own life—like how even she enlists the help of a personal trainer to keep her in tip-top shape. (Who knew?) Some of her words, reflecting on how she helps clients and contestants on "Loser" were truly inspiring, so I wanted to share them with you. Plus, I'm sharing a new FREE workout video from Jillian Michaels and SELF with you!

On the topic of making time to exercise and get your health under control, Jillian says:

"It's OK to put yourself first. Selfish isn't a dirty word. It we were all selfish, it would mean we would take care of ourselves and be able to give back to our loved ones."

Most of us are guilty of being people pleasers, especially those of us who are parents, caretakers, and busy professionals. How often is everyone else at the top of your to-do list while you're at the bottom—or not even on it at all? Jillian talks about how she tries to give people permission "be awesome" (love that!) and take care of themselves, saying that selflessness is NOT a good trait—nor is it a positive example for your kids. "Would you treat your kids the way you treat yourself?" she asks. "Would you deprive them of playtime and adequate sleep? Would you not make their doctors' appointments? No!" Sadly, this is often how we treat ourselves, even though we deserve fun, downtime, and personal time—like to exercise. These are some wise words that most women cannot hear often enough.

When talking about fitness, she says it's not about looking hot in a bikini:

"To me it's not about building a better body. It's about building a better life."

I love this and I agree wholeheartedly. I've taken flack for my imperfect figure—I don't look anything like Jillian Michaels, and to some onlookers, that must mean that I'm not "fit." But my goal is not to have the body of the fitness model. Sure, that'd be awesome in a lot of ways, but like most of you, my life is multidimensional and I want to spend my time on other things. Being fit and healthy is what allows us to do that. My goal is to be fit enough to remain strong, capable, and healthy, and live a long, independent life—one that's rich with family, friends, fun and memories—not hours clocked in the gym. Isn't that what we all want? Isn't that WHY we're trying to be fit—not just for the sake of doing it, but to enjoy life more fully? "And if your health is your platform for life," she says, "it's got to be rock solid. If you want to take on the world, you need a good foundation." I'll drink (water) to that!

Overall, Jillian really gets personal in this story—not at all like her "angry trainer" persona on TV (which she also talks about in this interview). I highly recommend checking it out!

Now that you've been motivated by Jillian's wise words, how about a new workout? She has teamed up with SELF as a contributing editor, and has lots of tips and videos on their website. That's where I found this KILLER workout routine, which is part of SELF's great one-month slim down! If you're looking for some new multitasking moves to add to your strength routine, you will love these! If you have trouble seeing the video below, click here to see it on YouTube.

Are you a Jillian Michaels fan? Do her words motivate you to work out and commit to a healthy lifestyle?

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I've never seen BL, never done her videos, but this has inspired me. Thanks so much for the introduction!! Report
It's not so much her words that inspire me, she just makes a kick butt video. I have her 30 day shred that I'm using right now and seeing great results. REALLY recc. it if you are looking at stepping it up a notch. Report
I love Jillian and you can tell how much she cares. She takes them aside if they are hurting and gets them to talk it out. She is so awesome. Report
My God some of these moves look tough! I'm going to try some of them today. Report
I love Jillian and I love this video. I will be adding this to my routine a couple of days a week. Report
I enjoyed this--thanks for saring the video. Report
I love Jillian. On BL she's pretty tough and sometimes goes to far but that's all in editing I think. Her 30 Day Shred DVD is great!! Report
if you follow the link to SELF in the post above you'll see the info on weights and reps - basically:
You'll need a set of 5- to 12-pound weights and a stability ball
Do three sets of 12 to 15 reps of each exercise every other day. Report
Ok so how can a 45 yr old woman with bad knees and lower back injury get started to work up to these exercises??? I am serious... I want to be able to try these without paralyzing myself. There are a couple I think I could maybe tackle without the added weights but not sure over all where to begin.

Also, I saw someone else also asked about the appropriate amount of reps for these exercises. I am wondering the same.
Looking forward to some good feedback, friends! Thanks.
Teresa Report
Yes, I am a Jillian Micheal's Fan! She may not be sweet as honey but she gets her point across and I feel like shes kicking my butt! She inspires me to get my butt in gear! Report
not into tbl,but do watch it sometimes. Report
I have her first two books (Winning by losing and Making the Cut) and am waiting for the third one to be delivered. I have done the 30 day shred 3 times and Making the Cut 3 or 4 times. They always challenge me, I never get used to them. Banish fat boost metabolism and no more trouble zones are great DVD's too! Report
I have the 30 Day Shred. My word, what a great DVD. I've told my friends and family to get it. It's only a 20 min workout but WOW it packs a punch. Report
Big fan of bl and Jillian. if I could master the courage and strength to do her workouts
my body would perfect. Report
I like Jillian's techniques and her enthusiasm but sometimes she is a little bit too mean about it. Bob is always encouraging, but Jillian encourages with fear. It does wonders for some people, but I need to hear nice, happy things. I love Biggest Loser too! It motivated me and got me off the couch(except when the show is on) and I joined SP. Report
I do not like BL, but I have always liked Jillian and Bob. Report
Margemac I love Jillian and watch the Biggest Loser I wish I could do alot of her exercises but I am disabled and it is hard to exercise. Report
Dearly love Jillian and Biggest Loser has been a great inspiration to me also have to admit that Bob helps too to renforce the fact that you need to eat the right food and exercise you cannot just do one Report
i have read her latest book and it was absolutely amazing i am looking forward to her next!!! Report
I would have to say that I am a huge fan of Jillian Michaels. She is inspiring and seems to truely care about the ones who look to her for help getting fit. Thanks for the story! Report
OMG.....i did this today and I felt like I was going to die (in a good way). I couldn't do them all but my goal is to work my way up to doing them the way the girl does in the video. Report
I love Jillian and she inspires me and motivates me. If I had a chance to go on biggest loser I would want to be on her team. Report
The Biggest Loser is what changed my life...I was watching this past season with Daniel who was 400+ pounds and he was running. He was making a change and I was watching him eating chips (really I was). It occurred to me that if he could do it so could I.

Jillian--I find her to be an amazing woman. She seems to just zero in to what a person needs and I'm not talking just the physical I'm talking the emotional baggage we all carry. She's kind of like the Marines..she breaks you down to build you up. I really like that about her. Not so sure I'd want her as my trainer though..that part scares the daylights out of me. Report
I love Jillians raw and uncut style.. thanks for sharing the article. I've not been a fan of Self for some years because of the repetitive articles and such, so I would have never been able to enjoy the highlights if it weren't for this blog. Thanks! I'ma check out the link also. :) Report
I don't really care for the fact that Jillian has to cuss in all of her videos. There are other verbs and adjectives she could use. That really turns me off to her workouts. Report
Wouldn't the reverse squat be hard on your knees? I always thought you were not supposed to drop below parallel? I do love her! Report
I think she is so motivating. I love her no nonsense attitude on the Biggest Loser Report
I like Jillian.I'm not working right now so I can't go out and buy any new dvd's.But one day I will be able too! I would love to try one of her dvd's.It'd be a real treat. Report
Does Spark have a business relationship with Jillian? It seems like whenever people blog about other trainers they get a slap on the hand. I wrote a blog on Chalean Johnson the creator of Turbo Jam and it was removed. Why can't others Brag on the Trainers they love? Report
Jillian is a Goddess! Report
I love Jillian!!! Report
Never watched BL, Jillian seems to be what a over-weight person needs in their corner whithout the lip. Report
That was very motivating. I already do a version of most of those exercies, so I guess I will step it up a little and add the leg lit with the chest fly, etc. That last 10 pounds in a month - wouldn't that be nice! Report
I have always enjoyed Jillian and the way she presents her workouts. I have not yet tried this workout, but it definitely looks tough and fun! I will have to incorporate some of these exercises into my workout! Report
Absolutely HUGE Jillian fan. Going to see if I can pick this one up on my lunch break! Report
I love Jillian on BL, but haven't had the opportunity to try her workout videos. I will check to see if my library has one that I can try. Report
I've never watched BL, but I was familiar with who Jillian is and what she does. Just a couple of weeks ago I rented one of her workout videos, and I love it. I like the fact that you don't have to be super coordinated to do the moves, because I lack coordination. I just finished doing the first workout of her 30 day shred video, and it really put me to work!! I feel great!! I'm very optimistic about the results I'll see as I stick to her workouts. P.S. Target has her videos on sale for only $13 each. Report
I have watched some of the BL and to be honest, I feel it's a show that contradicts just about everything we are taught here on SP. They go for rapid weight loss and to some extent, that is not healthy. That said, there is no doubt that Jilian is a gifted motivator. I don't have any of her videos (and would look like an idiot doing them) but I do respect that she is tough. I respect it because in working with a trainer myself, he could not be my pal, my buddy, my friend. He has a job to do and that is to get every bit of what I have out of me. It is about being pushed and while it does not mean that one should be pushed to the point of injury, I was amazed at how far I would go when being told to just "give me two more." To that end, Jilian is pretty amazing. Report
She kinda scares me! But that's what I love about her - there is no BS. I watch BL faithfully, although I think that BL weight loss is a little scary and unhealthy at times - Helen looked like a stick figure at the end of last season! They brought in another female trainer on BL at one point, and she was too huggy-kissy with her team. I see too many trainers at my gym that are 'girlfriends' with their clients, and I think that takes away from their motivation. Report
I love, love, love Jillian! I'm not a religious BL watcher, but I have her DVDs and have read her books. I love that she's tough. It's the only thing that motivates me. It doesn't matter how many times I hear her say, "This doesn't come for free, people" and "Push it!", it's like I'm hearing it for the first time and it keeps me going. Report
I need someone like Jillian to PUSH me through! I realized that I need to do this for me and not to depend on anyone else... Online Jillian and SP and I am good to go! I am responsible for ME!!! Report
Thanks for sharing! I would love to have a trainer like Jillian!!! Thanks for all the valuable information! Report
I love Jillian! Sometimes her words are harsh, but the overall meaning is good. If only we could all have our own Jillian every day we'd be much healthier. Report
One word for Julian....AWESOME!!!!!! Report
Absolutely love her and what she stands for. Her workouts are terrifying and her books especially Master Your Metabolism are very well written and easy to understand (maybe a little too easy - I'm horrified as to what we have been eating!). I noticed she was very personal in this book and gave us history on who Jillian was and how she got to where she is today. True mentor. Report
Love her! I think it is great that her focas is on a heathy life not just a bikini body! She is very passionate about living for health not just going on a crash diet and beating your body up. Report
Gotta love her. God bless Jillian... Report
I love her! Report
I am a HUGE fan! I love her dvd's! They really push you to the edge and give results! Report
Jillian is awesome! No sugarcoating and bullcrap with her. Report
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