Jillian Michaels is one of the leading health and wellness experts in the country. Perhaps considered one of the most inspiring people on television through her role as trainer, wellness expert and life coach on her hit TV shows and regular TV appearances, Michaels has created a brand name for herself. Every week she motivates millions in every form of media from TV to publishing to the 1.6 million monthly visitors to her Web site and daily e-mail newsletter. As a motivator and role model, Jillian has a unique connection with her audience that stems from her own personal journey toward wellness. Before becoming a big media success, Jillian struggled with her own weight. She was determined to reach her goals — and through dedication and hard work, she did.
Jillian has been a fitness expert and wellness coach for over 19 years. In addition, she owned and operated a sports medicine facility, where she worked as a physical therapy aid under the physiatrists, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Jillian’s passion for fitness training originates from 17 years of martial arts practice in Muay Thai and Akarui-Do, in which she holds a black belt. Since 1993, Jillian has held two personal training certificates from the leading certification programs in the country: the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). In addition she is Kettlebell Concepts certified. Jillian has also developed a continuing education series for trainers with AFAA and holds a nutrition and wellness consultant certificate with the American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA).
Books, DVDs, and video games — Jillian has them all covered. She is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books including Master Your Metabolism and her newest release, Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life. Her DVDs are consistently top sellers, with her newest title Jillian Michaels Killer Abs to be released in September 2012. Jillian’s first comprehensive 90-day weight loss system, Jillian Michaels Body Revolution was released in February and will be available in retail stores across North America in September 2012. September also brings the launch of JILLIAN MICHAELS BODYSHRED, an intense group fitness class based on her highly-effect 3-2-1 interval system, exclusively in Crunch gyms.
Jillian’s web site, JillianMichaels.com, enjoys tremendous success as a top site for people who look to her for a comprehensive online wellness program. Her popular weekly podcast, The Jillian Michaels Show, is available for free download on iTunes and was recently awarded the coveted iTunes Rewind award for the best new audio podcast of 2011. This past year Jillian brought the successful podcast to life with Daily Dose with Jillian Michaels, a fun and informative webseries covering a range of topics with brand new episodes available each week on YouTube.
Jillian has three video games for the Nintendo Wii and released Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Adventure exclusively for the Xbox 360 Kinect gaming system in Fall 2011. She also has a popular iPhone app, Jillian Michaels Slim-Down Solution, available from iTunes, has partnered with K-Swiss to develop a line of footwear and sportswear, and continues her partnership with ICON Health & Fitness on a line of in-home fitness equipment. Together with BodyMedia Jillian developed the Jillian Michaels 360° Weight Loss Navigator to be a key tool in providing accurate data tracking, tips, motivation and other crucial information for those working to get and stay fit. In addition, she works with popchips in an effort to bring healthier snack options to the masses.
Jillian launched her company, Empowered Media, LLC, with her business partner Giancarlo Chersich, with the goal of creating total life solutions for people that involve all aspects of living well, including health, wellness, weight loss, and overall lifestyle. By sharing a unique and inspiring philosophy that stresses the integration of fitness, nutrition, and behavioral changes, Jillian empowers people everywhere to define and reach their personal goals, both physical and psychological. Empowered Media allows Jillian to communicate her message of health and wellness to a large audience through numerous forms of media. The company continues to work toward its objectives with a circle of experts who collaborate with Jillian to act as life architects, helping people to restructure their lives. The company’s motto is, “Inspired by Jillian, empowered by YOU!”
Jillian lives with her family in Los Angeles. When she’s not on set for TV, she enjoys traveling and getting involved in charitable activities, which include her work as an ambassador for the American Cancer Society, an ambassador for Stand Up 2 Cancer, an ambassador for NFL Play 60, working with military families through the USO, and her work as a champion of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a program dedicated to eradicating the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States.