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Jillian Michaels, Fitness Trainer Fraud?

I have no doubt that if you spent a few weeks with The Biggest Loser‘s (big lesbian) trainer Jillian Michaels, you would lose weight and tone up. But would you also manage to injure yourself because she doesn’t know what she’s doing?

In a stinging LA Times piece, James S. Fell says he “realized Michaels is not actually a real fitness trainer — she’s an actress playing the role of fitness trainer on TV and in a line of popular DVDs.”

It’s analogous to Jesse Ventura’s choice of a Gatling-style minigun to mow down guerrillas in the 1987 movie “Predator.” Most viewers thought it was way cool, but real soldiers shook their heads in disbelief that anyone would schlep such an ungainly weapon through the jungle.

Same thing with Jillian Michaels. Typical viewers think she’s great, yet the collective jaws of professional trainers hit the floor after witnessing her regular displays of poor technique and unsafe training practices.

Perhaps that has something to do with her own training.

Michaels obtained some introductory fitness certifications (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Assn. and Aerobics and Fitness Assn. of America) 17 years ago and does not seem to ever have recertified. The biography on her website goes on and on about her multimedia endeavors, but there is not a single mention of any health-and-fitness education or credentials.

So just what’s so bad about Michael’s fitness training?

And now, seemingly without any qualifications, Michaels is teaching amateurs how to use kettle bells in her latest DVD, “Shred-It With Weights.” Her toned, tanned and possibly Photoshopped physique stands proudly on the cover holding a kettle bell, while a bubble on the cover exclaims, “Lose up to 5 pounds a week!” Lose 5 pounds a week? Sure, if you start off weighing more than a Smart Car.

[...] All jokes aside, I wanted to give Michaels the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps she got some professional instruction to ensure her kettle bell technique was safe and effective. So I asked Dave Cheng, chief instructor at Kettle Bells Los Angeles, to critique her form for me.

“Her technique is appalling,” Cheng told me. “What she says in the video and what she demonstrates are two different things. She doesn’t break things down into manageable pieces that prompt people to get the correct form, so instead she is enabling bad form… I would not recommend this from a safety perspective.” Cheng also added that he thought Michaels “is simply trying to capitalize on the popularity of kettle bells without going through her due diligence.”

[...] If you dismiss Cheng’s comments as those of someone jealous of Michaels’ fame and riches, consider that he is far from the only certified kettle bell instructor disconcerted with her technique. Denver-based instructor Josh Hillis had this to say in a blog post regarding her technique: “It’s just wrong … in every way. All of it. Every single thing she does is wrong.”

Austin, Texas, trainer Jude Howe was so disgusted with Michaels’ kettle bell movements that he posted a YouTube video showing how they really should be done. “Her technique and approach was so off the mark,” he told me. “It couldn’t have been more dangerous, and I felt the need to show people proper form.”

Then again I never believed Michaels’ prowess at getting overweight people to drop the pounds was all in her instruction. I think many of her clients are simply scared into losing weight.

By:           JD
On:           Oct 14, 2010
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  • 11 Comments
    • Cam
      Cam

      Is she a lesbian? I’m just wondering if this is gayish news.

      Oct 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Devon
      Devon

      Results are results. I don’t see how you can argue that she doesn’t know what she’s doing when you watch someone drop from 520 pounds to 260 in like 5 months…

      Oct 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ted
      Ted

      @Devon….If you lost 260 pounds in 5 months, that’s the same as 13 pounds a week. That is exceptionally unsafe.

      Oct 14, 2010 at 4:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • L.
      L.

      I ain’t getting those three minutes I spent reading this piece of harrowing news back ever, right?

      Oct 14, 2010 at 5:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve
      Steve

      @Cam:
      No. She’s bi

      Oct 14, 2010 at 8:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • biguy
      biguy

      She’s hot

      Oct 15, 2010 at 5:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • maxpower
      maxpower

      Wish there were thumbs up and thumbs down for articles, something like a gay digg. Bury this one :P

      Oct 15, 2010 at 6:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Allnighter
      Allnighter

      Yes, she’s a big ol’ lesbian. I don’t know if this is news to the general public, but it’s an open, well-known thing in the entertainment business. And the other trainer, Bob, is a big ol’ mo’ too!

      Oct 19, 2010 at 3:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • perplexed
      perplexed

      Just about anyone, if put into a spotlight, will make great gains (loses) because they are on display. As for her skills, anyone who has a degree in exercise science, physical therapy or even kinesiolgy can tell you that her form is far from perfect. I still give her some credit though, she has helped people change their lives for the better. My one question is: how many people have had heart attacks or serious injuries because of that training and then given a “hush” payment for their silence.

      Nov 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BERT SEELMAN
      BERT SEELMAN

      JILLIAN IS NO DIFFERANT THAN MOST OF THE
      TOTALLY UNPROFESSIONAL TRAINERS OUT THERE IN THE PUBLIC

      TRAINERS ARE MOSTLY GROSSLY NEGLIGENT AND INCOMPETANT
      INSTEAD OF BEING CERTIFIED THEY NEED TO BE VERIFIED

      IF A TRAINER CANNOT OR DOES NOT….
      PREDICT WITH CLOSE ACCURACY THE RESULTS WITHIN TIME FRAMES
      PRESCIBE A EFFECTIVE DIETARY PROGRAM
      IMPROVE BLOOD CHEMISTRY WITHIN 3 WEEKS
      ACCURATELY DO BODY COMPOSITION TESTS WEEKLY
      PREDICT RESTING HEART RATE CHANGES
      BALANCE BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS FOR DIABETICS WITHIN 5 DAYS

      GET RESULTS ON LESS THAN 20 MINUTES 3 TIMES A WEEK FROM RESISTANCE TRAINING AND THE SAME WITH CARDIO
      THEY ARE INCOMPETANT AND NEED LEARNING
      SO TO GET N JULLIAN IS NOT ANYTHING THAT IS NOT COMMONLY
      BEING DONE EVERYWHERE
      THE BIGGEST LOSER IS A DANGEROUS , STUPID, ASSININE, PROGRAM FOR THE PROMOTION OF DRAMA….
      I HAVE BEEN IN THE HUMAN PERFORMANCE FIELD FOR OVER 38 YEARS AND HAVE AUTHORED A DEFINITIVE BOOK ON HOW TO DO ALL THE ABOVE
      THE GREAT FITNESS FRAUD …AND ITS ON AMAZON
      AND MY WEBSITES GIVE OVER 50 VIDEOS INCLUDING THE YOUTUBES

      Dec 5, 2010 at 12:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lynnie
      Lynnie

      Like somebody said, results are results. What gives me the creeps about her is that she’s constantly trying to psycho-analyze the folks there trying to lose weight. Her mom’s a psychologist and Jillian thinks she’s one too, evidently. Plus, an awful lot of Biggest Loser is scripted. It’s not the “realiity” show it started out being.

      Jan 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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