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19 Oct, 2014

Health interview


Michaels discusses health at 40, leaving Biggest Loser, and sexuality in an interview with Health. Michaels says she is in the best shape of her life.

As I’ve gotten older, I’m like, ‘I refuse to accept aging as a descent into decrepitude. And the irony is that at 40, I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been. There’s a confidence and sense of self that comes with age that I didn’t anticipate.

5 Aug, 2014

Launches performance activewear

Music PerformanceTV Appearance

Kmart and Michaels get together to launch a new performance active-wear product line. The line reflects Michaels’ passion for empowering and inspiring women through health and fitness. Kmart is committing to providing this product line giving customers quality and affordability for fitness wear. The product line will available Fall 2014 for purchase.

18 Jun, 2014

Shape Magazine nude spread

Magazine Cover

Jillian Michaels - Shape MagazineFor the fourth time, Michaels will appear on the cover of Shape Magazine, with an interior nude photo spread.  The July/August issue will come out on June 25th.  While she says the initial reaction to hitting a new decade was shock, she has embraced her age both inside and out.

Yes, I’m older, but I’m also wiser, and that’s a more intrinsic type of beauty.

In the issue, the trainer will advise on toning the entire body and loving your body despite imperfections.

It’s important for women to have overall strength, because when you feel physically powerful, it transcends into every facet of your life. My best reason for having strong arms is because I love to pick up my kids.

12 Nov, 2013

‘Curves’ program


Curves International, Inc. collaborates with Michaels to launch Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels.  The total-body workouts will feature the Curves Circuit strength training machines in conjunction with functional bodyweight-based exercises.  The workouts will be offered at participating Curves clubs starting January 2014.  The program will be “refreshed” on a regular basis with 12 new functional moves introduced each month throughout 2014.

I am so thrilled to be partnered with Curves to provide women with the tools necessary to take control of their health. Curves is everywhere – so now my program is accessible, effective and affordable.

12 Feb, 2013

Slim for Life

Jillian Michaels - Slim for LifeThe fitness trainer releases a diet and nutrition book titled “Slim for Life.”  The book features simple, straight forward tips to help you reach your weight loss goals.  The plan covers an exercise regime, diet, and lifestyle that will lead to losing the weight and keeping it off.

I have to tell you…I honestly never saw myself writing a ‘diet’ book again. I thought I had said all there was to say.  But then over time, I realized, maybe I, and all the other ‘weight-loss gurus’ had actually been saying too much, making things over complicated, confusing, and conflicting. Bottom line, over the last several years, I’ve come to recognize that the more simple and straightforward I can make the information, the easier it is for you to cut through all the crap, apply the advice, and get the result you want.

28 Jan, 2013

Returns to Ellen

TV Appearance

Michaels appears on Ellen to discuss motherhood, The Biggest Loser, and her new book, Slim For Life.  She also participates in a skit with actor Sean Hayes.

23 May, 2012

Becomes mother of two


Michaels announces VIA Facebook and People Magazine that she is officially a mother.  Michaels brought home Lukensia, her 2-year-old adopted daughter from Haiti, the same week that her partner Heidi Rhoades, gave birth to their son, Phoenix.  This is also the first time the trainer has spoken publicly about her relationship with Rhoades.

Apr 2012

Helps rescue racehorse


Michaels donates thousands of dollars to help the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals rescue a former racehorse headed to the slaughterhouse.  The horse, Royale With Speed, is the grandson of Triple Crown champ Secretariat, and will be looked after by a family in New Mexico.

4 Jan, 2012

Leaves ‘Doctors’

After half a season on The Doctors, Michaels will no longer be a co-host but may still appear from time to time as a guest.  The addition of the trainer to the show’s lineup was considered not to be a good fit since she is the only non-physician among the co-hosts:

Jillian has contributed greatly to our show this season, and we value her talent and insight as she has inspired countless people to improve their lives.  Although it wasn’t the fit we both hoped for . . . Jillian will always be a part of ‘The Doctors’ family.

27 Dec, 2011

Master Your Metabolism

9780307450746Michaels releases “Master Your Metabolism,” a 3 step plan to “fix” your metabolism and engage your weight-loss hormones.  The fitness trainer advises you how to remove “anti-nutrients” from your diet, restore foods that encourage fat burning genes, and how to rebalance your energy and hormones to encourage weight loss.  The book contains additional information such as recipes, shopping lists, strategies for eating out, and mini-programs addressing specific issues.

9 Dec, 2011

Switches adoption from DRC to Haiti


Michaels receives an adoption referral for a girl in Haiti.  After completing her dossier for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michaels was worried that the Congo would not work out and started a second adoption in Haiti.

So now, it’s just a matter of trying to get her home and anything can happen and fall through or fall apart, so it’s kind of premature for me to say it, but that’s where it’s at.  So if it falls apart, you’ll know why I’m like, devastated and not coming out of my house for months.

6 Dec, 2011

Extreme Shed & Shred

The fitness guru releases Extreme Shed & Shred, a DVD containing two 45-minute workouts.  Each level is a total body, fusion style workout that blends a variety of styles including kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, yoga, and weight training.  Michaels provides modifications for both beginners and the advanced athletes looking for a challenge.

6 Sep, 2011

Killer Buns & Thighs

Michaels releases Killer Buns & Thighs, a fitness DVD aimed at slimming and toning your lower body.  The DVD contains three workouts which progress in difficulty and range from 40 to 45 minutes in length respectively.  Each workout includes a brief warm-up and cool-down.

6 May, 2011

Joins ‘The Doctors’

Michaels signs a multiyear contract to join The Doctors next season as a co-host.  She will focus on wellness, prevention, and lifestyle dynamics in addition to other health related issues.

This is literally the most informative show in daytime, and it allows me to continue to educate people on how to make powerful health choices enabling them to take control of not only their physical well-being, but every facet of their lives.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I have spent as a guest on the show and becoming a permanent member of the team makes today one of the best yet.

14 Oct, 2010

Responds to allegations


Michaels scolds the Los Angeles Times for publishing the article calling her a fraud, and plans on taking legal action if they do not retract the statements.  The trainer says that she has two active certifications, one that never expires, and has developed her own continuing education program with sports medicine doctors.

They didn’t do any of their homework. They flat-out [lied]. It’s defamation, it’s libel, it’s full-on.

The newspaper publishes a correction stating the trainer’s credentials are up to date.

11 Oct, 2010

Kettlebell technique questioned

James S. Fell, a certified trainer and health author, calls Michaels “an actress playing the role of fitness trainer on TV,” in his Los Angeles Times op-ed piece. Fell confers with kettlebell experts to debunk Michaels’ technique in her Shred it With Weights DVD, calling them “appalling” and “unsafe.”  The author also questions the trainer’s fitness certifications and credentials.

4 Aug, 2010

Admits to nose job


In an interview with Parade magazine, the fitness trainer admits to undergoing rhinoplasty in response to the bullying she endured as a child.  Michaels does not specify when the procedure occurred.

I had my nose done.  I felt much better about myself. Plastic surgery is a very personal decision.

Detox supplement lawsuit

A class action lawsuit is filed in L.A. County Superior court by a woman who only wants to be known by her initials: R.D.  The lawsuit claims that Michaels’ Triple Process Total Body Detox & Cleanse diet supplement contains a “potentially lethal combination of ingredients.”  In the suit, R.D. lists what she considers to be the risks associated with the various ingredients, and is suing Michaels and Thin Care International for more than $10 million for “actively and fraudulently” conspiring to hide the alleged dangers in their product.

1 Jun, 2010

Losing it with Jillian

The fitness trainer’s TV show, Losing it with Jillianpremieres on NBC.  In the show, Michaels travels across the country, living with a family for a week, and helping them re-claim their lives.  Whether it’s their personal relationships that are suffering or their physical health, Michaels tries  to figure out the problem and provide the direction and inspiration to fix it.  After two months she checks back in with the familes to see how their lives have improved.

This is a very intimate, personal situation. I’m moving in to people’s homes. I’m going to work with them. I’m living in their daily lives, experiencing their unhealthy habits. It’s tough. It’s been confrontational and intense … But I feel like we’re on track. It’s definitely a process and there is a gigantic learning curve for me because I don’t have months or weeks. I don’t have people that aren’t working or an unlimited amount of money to buy them organic groceries. It’s been a real challenge.

27 Apr, 2010

Master Your Metabolism Calorie Counter

indexMichaels releases “The Master Your Metabolism Calorie Counter,” a portable resource with nutritional information of over 5,000 foods.  The book also provides the best and worst choices at national chain restaurants, foods that positively and negatively affect hormones, and what to shop for in beauty and home-care products.

Master Your Metabolism cookbook


Michaels releases a cookbook, teaching us how to eat clean, incorporate more whole foods, and consume properly balanced portions of calories, protein, carbs and fat.  The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook, with the help of a processional recipe developer, contains over 125 recipes to compliment her guidance from Master Your Metabolism.  All recipes can be prepared in 30 minutes or less with most having 100 to 300 calories per serving.

16 Feb, 2010

‘Maximum Strength Fat Burner’ lawsuit

A class action lawsuit is filed in L.A. County Superior Court claiming that Michaels and the companies —Thin Care and Basic Research—failed to disclose the main ingredients of “Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Fat Burnerwhich allegedly combine to make a “toxic cocktail.”  The lawsuit is filed against Michaels, Thin Care, Basic Research, and Walgreens for less than $5,000,000.

10 Feb, 2010

‘Maximum Strength Calorie Control’ lawsuit

Documents are filed in L.A. Superior Court claiming the Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control dietary supplements are “worthless.”  The suit asks for an injunction prohibiting the sale of the product, plus damages.

Sadly, Michaels has decided to exploit her fame and goodwill by collaborating with Thin Care and Basic Research to promote a weight loss supplement that purportedly will cause weight loss by itself, without any additional effort on the part of the consumer.

Michaels releases the following statement in response:

Unfortunately, anyone can file a lawsuit in California. All it takes is a $355 filing fee. That research was reviewed by some of the leading weight-loss experts in the world before Jillian would put her name on the product. The lawsuit will be handled in the courts like all other lawsuits, and we are confident we will prevail.

11 Jan, 2010

The Ellen Degeneres Show

TV Appearance

Michaels appears as a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show.  During the interview, the two discuss how Michaels was overweight as a child and how that influenced her training style.  Michaels also demonstrates some martial arts inspired moves with Ellen to help work off the post-holiday pounds.

3 Feb, 2009

Banish Fat and Boost Metabolism

Michaels releases Banish Fat and Boost Metabolism, a fitness DVD featuring dynamic cardio intended to increase fat loss.  The 40-minute workout includes seven, 6-minute circuits which include a combination of strength, core, and cardio moves. No weights or equipment are needed for this video, just a mat and room to move.

21 Oct, 2008

Fitness Ultimatum 2009

The fitness trainer releases “Fitness Ultimatum 2009,” a Nintendo Wii game where players become recruits in Jillian’s boot camp and participate in challenging fitness tests and workout programs.  There are four types of workouts to choose from: Weight Loss, Strength Training, Intervals, and Hill Climb.  Players can set the intensity to light, medium and hard for a duration between 10 and 60 minutes and can even track their progress based on calories burned and intensity.  The game utilizes both the Wii Remote and Balance Board.

18 Mar, 2008

30 Day Shred

The 30 Day Shred DVD is released.  The DVD includes three 20-minute workouts that progressivly get harder.  Each level consists of a 20-minute workout that follows Michaels’ 3-2-1 training circuit: 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs.  There is also a warm-up and cool-down session.

19 Oct, 2004

The Biggest Loser season 1

The Biggest Loser is an American  NBC reality TV show created by Dave Broome. The show features obese people who want to lose weight for a cash prize, $250,000 dollars, by losing the highest percentage of weight relative to their starting weight. Twelve contestants are divided into two teams of six players. They are brought to the Ranch where they live together in a house, eat together, and train together with limited access to the outside world. The show is narrated by Carolina Rhea. The contents have two trainers, Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, to help them lose weight. Michaels:

We are here to change your lives. This isn’t just a quick fix. It is an entire over-haul of their lifestyle.



AFAA certificate

Michaels receives her personal training certificate from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

NESTA certificate

Michaels receives a personal training certificate from the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA).

18 Feb, 1974

Jillian Michaels born in Los Angeles


Jillian Michaels was born in Los Angeles, California to Jo Ann McKarus, a psychotherapist, and Douglas G. McKarus, a personal-injury lawyer.  She grew up an only child but has two younger siblings, a brother named George and a half-sister named Lauren.  Michaels endured a rough childhood marred by low self-esteem and psychological issues. Her mother put her into therapy when she was 5 for night terrors.

Michaels’ parents divorced when she was 12, after being married for 18 years, causing her to develop anger issues and act out.  The breakup took an emotional toll on Michaels, one manifestation of which was weight gain.  By the time she was 13, Michaels was 5’2″ and 175 pounds.

Her mother signed her up for martial arts at age 14 as a way for her to get out her frustrations and to develop self-confidence.  At the age of 17, and after years of fighting, her mother kicked her out to teach her how to fend for herself.

I became pretty angry — no one wanted to deal with me — so when I was 17, my mom was like, ‘You’re not living here.’ I learned a lot being on my own.  I grew up. I had to make money. I learned how to make decisions that are right for me.

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