Jillian Michaels: She 'Could Suck' at New TV Gig and more
By April MacIntyre Jun 22, 2011, 18:46 GMT
In the July/August issue of FITNESS, on stands June 28th, Jillian revealed her insecurities about her recently announced TV gig, motherhood, motivation and her personal workout hell. © Chris Hatcher / PR Photos
Firness magazine interviewed/ The Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels about leaving the show.
This move hasn’t slowed her down one bit-with a book, clothing line, and child on the way, Jillian has a lot to look forward to.
In the July/August issue of FITNESS, on stands June 28th, Jillian revealed her insecurities about her recently announced TV gig, motherhood, motivation and her personal workout hell. Undeniably ambitious and confident, she admits her flaws and opens up to FITNESS:
Jillian on feeling insecure about “uncharted territory” and her new TV gig:
“I’m insecure in my relationships I hate being vulnerable. And if you can’t be vulnerable in relationships, you can’t be truly intimate. I’m insecure about any kind of uncharted territory. I’ve never done a daytime show. I don’t know, I could suck.”
On her least favorite body part:
“My ass! I hate it! There’s cellulite on it, and no matter what I do, I can’t get rid of it. The reality is that it’s connective tissue. I can starve and my boobs will go and my face will get gaunt, but I will still have cellulite. It’s not so much about aesthetics for me these days. Instead, I think a lot more about the mark I’m going to make on the world than about the back of my ass.”
Jillian on leaving The Biggest Loser:
“People tried to talk me out of it. ‘Oh, really…are you sure that’s a good idea? What are you going to do if you’re not famous anymore? What about the paycheck?’ I’m not going to be intimidated into staying,” she says. “I know what’s in my heart.”
On standing up for herself:
“The worst advice I ever got was to be diplomatic, because it compromised my authentic truth. Don’t fight this, don’t stand up for that, be a good girl, don’t be a troublemaker- [bleep] you!”
Does is drive you crazy when you don’t get to exercise?
“I feel aggravated. But I don’t bug out about my body because I know how to get myself where I need to be in two weeks. I notice it, and I’m like, Oh, [bleep]. But I’m always two weeks away from getting to where I want to be.”
Jillian’s workout hell:
“A marathon. I think, you’re at mile twenty and you have six more to go and your body is just battered and bleeding and miserable. I would rather be dead.”
What one thing do you never skip in your workout?
“This is ironic. As much as I hate it, I run every time, like three miles. It makes you skinny, that’s why. It works.”
You’re a control freak. How do you think motherhood will change you?
“I’m sure it’ll be extraordinarily humbling—being confronted with all the things you don’t know, being worried about not making the right choices. But I imagine that it’s going to force me to unplug. I’m looking forward to that.”
On her parenting style:
“It’s a constant positive reinforcement with kids. There are rules and structure and accountability, but would I ever utilize fear to circumvent a negative behavior pattern? No! Everyone thinks that I go around yelling at people. Biggest Loser is crisis mode. People are hundreds of pounds overweight. People. Are. Killing. Themselves. I’m running an intervention on that show. I don’t go through life that way.”
Her typical workout routine:
“I usually go to the gym three to four times a week. I work out hard when I go. I just kill it, whether it’s doing kettlebells, mixed martial arts, Spin classes, power yoga. I get bored easily, so I need something that’s going to keep me focused. I mix it up. Everything I do is a combo of body resistance and cardiovascular endurance. On my off days, I watch my food.”
What’s the best way for someone to motivate herself to get fit?
“Really search inside and ask, what do I want? For a twentysomething, it might be to wear a bikini. For a 70-year old, it might be to live to 100. Next, form an emotional connection to whatever your long-term goal is. Then when you go to choose between a bagel or egg whites for breakfast, you can make the choice with your goal in mind. That’s what I do. I’m extraordinarily mindful when it comes to making decisions.”
To find out what Jillian likes best about her body, what’s on her workout playlist, and to get her favorite workout moves, pick up the July/August issue of FITNESS, on newsstands June 28th.
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