Jillian Michaels recently visited Toronto to launch her new Bodyshred™ program at GoodLife Fitness clubs. Afterward, she answered some questions for Examiner readers.
Crystal Moore: What would you say to someone who was intimidated to try Bodyshred™ because of the “hardcore” reputation you’ve received from The Biggest Loser?
Jillian Michaels: They shouldn’t be. Bodyshred™ isn’t easy, but anything that brings tremendous change and takes you to the next level isn’t. That being said, a Bodyshred™ class at the gym is not THE BIGGEST LOSER. I only use the tough love tactics when all else has failed and at that point, yes, they are necessary. Often I’m dealing with life or death stakes and need to create a breakthrough as quickly and intensely as possible. Tough love works for some, but the truth is that each person is different and requires a different approach to motivation. If tough love is required to get an adult to have a life-saving breakthrough, then it is what I will give them.
CM: Is Bodyshred™ an in-gym version of your 30-Day Shred DVD? Can it provide the same “lose 20 pounds in 30 days” results?
JM: Bodyshred™ incorporates the same philosophies as my best-selling DVD titles Ripped in 30 and 30 Day Shred. If you do it 4 to 5 times a week and watch your diet, then you absolutely can get stellar incredible results.
CM:Will the classes have modifiers for all the moves (for anyone unable to jump, etc.)?
JM: Yes. The Bodyshred™ program has 12 factors of change that are used to progress and regress the workout so it suits all levels. Just like my DVDs, all moves can be modified into harder or easier versions, so both the beginner and advanced athlete gets an incredible workout.
CM: What made you want to work with GoodLife Fitness?
JM: GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness company in Canada and a world-wide leader in Group Exercise. I have been so impressed by their team, their top-notch trainers, and their great facilities. The GoodLife brand is dedicated to motivating individuals across Canada to reach their fitness goals and lead a healthier lifestyle, as am I, and it is a thrill to partner with them.
CM: If someone is overweight & looking to get started on the path to a healthier life, what would you tell them should be their first step?
JM: Just do it. Don’t wait until Monday. Or for the New Year to make a resolution. Decide you are ready to make a change and make it. One of the best ways to get motivated and stay that way is to determine and focus on your why. I’ve said it before, but it is so important and so true. Why do you want to get fit and healthy? Do you want to play soccer with your kids? Or get healthy so you can live to walk your daughter down the isle? Or maybe you just can’t wait to slip into your favorite pair of skinny jeans. Whatever your why is, remember it, think about it, and remind yourself every day how important it is to get healthy.
CM: If you ever feel unmotivated to get up & go to the gym, what do you do?
JM: I think about my own why. I want to be healthy and fit for my kids. I want to be a good example for them and set them off on the right path with healthy habits. Another trick I use is my fifteen minute rule. On the days I just don’t feel like working out, I tell myself to just do it for fifteen minutes. If after fifteen minutes, I’m still not feeling it, I can stop. But once I’m in my workout clothes and have been sweating for fifteen minutes I realize that I’m already that far into my workout and always decide to go ahead and get the rest of it in.
Works every time.
Check out Jillian’s new book, Slim For Life, in stores now. Jillian Michaels is currently touring North America on her “Maximize Your Life” live speaking tour, hitting Toronto on May 21, 2013. Bodyshred™ classes are currently on at select GoodLife Fitness clubs.