Jillian Michaels, the well-known trainer for the popular TV show, The Biggest Loser, is being panned by fitness experts and a Los Angeles Times article in recent news.
Specifically, references to Jillian Michaels being an “actress not a real fitness trainer” have been buzzing over the Internet for the past several hours.
Sparks starting flying after James Fell, who’s apparently a self-proclaimed fitness expert from Calgary (Canada), wrote an article published in the Los AngelesÂ Times.
Specifically, James Fell’s article chastises Jillian for making unrealistic weight-loss claims in her workout DVD along with his concerns over poor-techniques used in the DVD itself.
In my esteemed opinion, there’s no question that losing 20 lbs in a single month is completely unrealistic for most people unless perhaps they’re extremely obese to start off with.
From James Fell’s article:
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.
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.
In the article itself, Jillian Michael was unavailable to respond according to her publicist. Â However, James did solicit feedback on the kettle bell technique used in the video. Â For this evaluation, Mark Cheng, chief instructor of Kettlebell Los Angeles provided his opinion:
“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 formâ€¦ I would not recommend this from a safety perspective.”
Cheng continued with comments suggesting that Jillian’s just trying to capitalize on the popularity of kettle bells without doing her due diligence.
More thoughts from James suggested that the picture of Jillian on her DVD may have been ‘Photoshopped’ which probably isn’t uncommon given that magazines do this all of the time:
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!”
After taking a look at the wall in my office, I was unable to spot any credentials that qualify me as a fitness expert myself. Â Given the circumstances here, I thought I would look for feedback and thoughts on Jillian Michael’s fitness techniques from our community here at Hive Health Media.