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The 2011 Champions of Health and Fitness

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Tough-Love Trainer: Jillian Michaels

By Patty Adams Martinez

She's been called a drill sergeant, but Jillian Michaels wants you to know that she doesn't have a mean bone in her body. "When people are being self-destructive, it's usually unconscious," she has said. "And so I create confrontations, interventions, where they can become aware of unhealthy choices they're making and the reasons they're making them. Do you know how easy it would be to tell people what they want to hear? Unfortunately, it doesn't get the job done." And Michaels always gets the job done. Millions tune in to watch her on The Biggest Loser and Losing It with Jillian, and they buy her best-selling books, exercise DVDs, video games, and nutritional supplements.

A self-proclaimed perfectionist, Michaels formed her tough-love approach to fitness at age 14, when she was "the chubby ugly duckling who ate lunch alone every day. Karate saved my life," Michaels has said. It helped her slim down and gave her discipline and confidence. Going through her own personal transformation taught her what works with others -- namely, setting goals that make people really want to change. "Feeling good in a bathing suit, or seeing your grandchildren graduate from high school: Those things are worth it," Michaels has said. "It's not just about being fat and then being thin. When you're healthy physically, you're healthy in every aspect of life."

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lindaeichman wrote:

I like Jillian Michaels and feel that she has inspired a lot of people. I have bought her videos just to motivate me to start any kind of activity routine her messages kept me motivated to at least start some kind of routine.

1/24/2011 05:53:55 PM Report Abuse
c343 wrote:

Great to see Roseanna here, her work is truly valuable. It would be nice if there were a link to her organization: http://www.womenofmeans.org

1/2/2011 03:51:05 PM Report Abuse
TheSpinGuru wrote:

Giving any kind of Fitness industry award to Jillian Michael is an outrage to the entire industry. Her limited knowledge in numerous aspects of fitness are legendary. Her certifications are suspect. Her pulling a seat off a Spinning bike while somebody was riding as well as her kettlebell video is a legendary FAIL.

12/21/2010 02:23:15 PM Report Abuse

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