Jillian Michaels Is Not a Fraud

After showing us the 30-day Shred, how to Banish Fat and Boost Metabolism, and her Yoga MeltdownJillian Michaels has a new workout DVD. Except this time, Jillian's kettle bell (a Russian training tool that looks like a bowling ball with a handle attached to it) is stirring up a lot of controversy.

Why? As you can imagine, this one heavy piece of fitness equipment can cause a lot of harm if used improperly. The L.A. Times claims that The Biggest Loser trainer doesn't have a grip on the kettle bell technique. For that reason, the writer says Jillian is "not actually a real fitness trainer -- she's an actress playing a fitness trainer on TV and in a line of popular DVDs." In other words, he basically called her a fraud.


Michaels fired back on her Facebook, saying, "Never thought LA Times would resort to [libel] and defamation to sell papers. Guess I'm canceling my subscription. I hold 2 current certifications ... I've been a trainer for 19 years. I OWNED a sports medicine facility & worked as a trainer & PT aid for the physiatrists, PT's, and chiro's I employed. AND i'm a black belt."

Uh-oh. It seems some refereeing is in order. Well, if you ask me, in the case of Michaels vs. L.A. Times, I'm siding with the trainer ... 

Jillian Michaels is a licensed, experienced trainer who also happens to work in show business. That's why her DVDs tout inflammatory claims of losing 5 pounds in a week. That's why, even though she's most well-versed in martial arts and kickboxing, she's jumped on the yoga and kettle bell bandwagons.

As for improper technique in the kettle bell DVD ... if I were to try it, I'd watch and truly understand the tutorial first. Then, I wouldn't do any moves that I wasn't 100 percent comfortable with. I've had back surgery and something as simple as a forward bend can be problematic for me. So I'm not going to mindlessly do whatever a TV trainer says. If everyone did that, it would be a game plan for injuries galore, no matter what DVD workout you're following. (By the way, I wouldn't even buy a DVD that I suspected may aggravate my injury; I once skipped a Pilates DVD I was really excited about, because reviews on Amazon noted that the workout wasn't lower back-friendly.)

Furthermore, if you're a kettle bell novice, the mere intensity of using a "heavy weight" to do "ballistic moves" seems to warrant working with a trainer at a gym who will be able to take your personal fitness goals and limitations into consideration. Maybe Jillian's DVD is better left to the intermediate/advanced crowd. 

While it's kind of a nice, cozy thought that celeb trainers are actually your personal trainer, your doctor, or your mother with your best interest at heart, they're not. The bottom-line is this: No matter what product Jillian Michaels looks friendly peddling (diet pills, too!), she isn't responsible for our personal well-being. We're the only ones who are.

What do you think -- should Jillian be slapped on the wrist? Would you do Shred-It With Weights?


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