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Celebrity Trainer Jillian Michaels: ‘Strong, not skinny, is now sexy’

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On the evolution of fitness trends:

“I’ve watched the trend go from being all about the low-intensity fat-burning zone to crazy for HIIT. People are also moving away from machines and toward body-weight and free-weight training. Strong, not skinny, is now sexy, and long workouts are a thing of the past.”

On the best everyday exercisers:

“The best teacher is ultimately the best student. I train in different modalities so that each muscle is targeted twice a week, with two days of rest in between. So if I do a workout that’s focused mostly on ‘push’ muscles [triceps and those in the chest and front of the should] like yoga, I don’t train those muscles again for two days and instead focus on ‘pull’ muscles [traps, biceps and those in the back]. I also do HIIT in almost every workout to improve my VO₂ max and keep my metabolism cranking.”

On the myth that lifting weights will make women “bigger”:

“On the contrary, [weight lifting] will help you amp up your metabolism, shed fat, and maintain lean muscle mass and strong bone density.”

See more from her feature in Shape Magazine next!

 

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  • lc

    Yes strong is awesome. Her body is sick!

  • Agatha

    Yes, the media used to idolize underweight bodies like 10 years ago and now the trend goes to the fit, strong ones (and big butts).

    She looks amazing.

  • Linda

    Being confident regardless of you being skinny, curvy or having muscles; is sexy. I dont see how idolizing skinny causing anorexia is any different from idolizing strong causing ortorexia.

    • Chris

      Idolizing strong fit women is obviously healthier than idolixing teeny tiny women. It’s completely different. It’s a healthy body image, attainable by healthy means as opposed to an unrelastic and dangerous ideal. Anorexia can kill you, lifting weights and eating protein will not.

      • Linda

        Both can create unhealthy obsession

      • Annie

        I order to look toned, one has to have a low body fat percentage as well. For some, the fitness obession can be as bad as anorexia.

        • OfCourseTheyreReal

          I was just going to post that. Both bodies are super-lean – the one now just has muscle to boot. If you ask me, that’s even less attainable.

          And let’s be honest: any “big butt” that gets attention is usually attached to a comparatively small waist & limbs.

          • Mae

            The skinny model look is achieved by undereating, thus losing lean mass (bone and muscle) along with the fat. The healthy fit look is achieved by increasing protein and carbs to fuel your workouts (typically resistance exercise), thus increasing bone density and muscle mass. How are these the same?

            I’ll grant that fitness models cut calories before a show to lose fat and water weight so their muscles are clearly defined, but that’s for a limited amount of time, and I agree that it shouldn’t be idolized. Too bad popular media doesn’t just focus on the health benefits of increased lean mass, which is attainable by anyone without major disability. All this just makes me a supporter of seeing people with different body sizes and shapes exercising and talking about how it made them feel great . . maybe that’s better inspiration because people can relate more.

        • Mae

          I don’t think this is really an issue for most people though, since people are overwhelmingly sedentary these days. The fitness trend isn’t really the problem, it’s that some people just have obsessive personalities; if it wasn’t fitness it would be something else. This segment of the population is so much smaller than the overweight people who don’t exercise. Most people are under-motivated in that area.

          Since these magazines like to advertise certain body types as ideal, I’d prefer a fit type over a skinny low muscle type, personally. You can look toned without an unhealthily low body fat percentage. Jillian’s body fat looks fine.

    • Agatha

      Agree completely.

  • Chris

    People know more about Heath. Being slim and strong and fit is a good idea to look up to

  • cheeze.wiz

    Yeah but she’s still skinny.

    • Veronique

      Not really…at all. But I guess that depends on your definition of skinny. For me, skinny is like, borderline underweight/underweight.

      • cheeze.wiz

        I just mean she’s strong and skinny. She’s not buff… Just lean and thin. Didn’t mean it as a negative

        • Zoe

          Agreed. I get her point, but it really irks me when people use the word ‘skinny’ as if it’s an antonym to the word ‘strong’. It is possible to be strong AND skinny- the two are not mutually exclusive.

          • lc

            Yes, I agree. Skinny is Kate Bosworth. I wouldn’t call her strong.

      • OfCourseTheyreReal

        i.e., Super low body fat.

        • Veronique

          She has low bodyfat, but she’s not a low BMI, so I wouldn’t consider her “skinny”. Idk if that makes sense, it’s just my definition!

    • sswpss

      Lean

      • cheeze.wiz

        I said that

  • Observer

    NOPE.
    People are idiots to take what celebrities say about weight as truth.
    She cannot say what sexy should “now” be. Utterly ridiculous. If they say no boobs & a small penis attached to your bellybutton is the new sexy I won’t be surprised if people go along with it.
    Funny how people are always phrasing their sour grapes comments about bodies in a way to trivialize slim/smaller types. I wonder if she would just as soon replace “skinny” with curvy, chubby, etc.
    Excessive weight training and certain exercises WILL make women appear larger & IMO masculine; she’s a good example of that. You can take any other female celeb who overdid the pilates-weight routine and see the “evolution” of a “sexy” masculine torso.
    A slim, appropriately toned female body will always be sexy…more so than an over-muscled one & can still be strong.

    • HB

      Wow, calm down. She didn’t say what she thought should be sexy. She said that’s the trend right now, just like skinny was the in trend ten years ago. She’s not telling anyone to look that say. She’s telling people how if they want to go with the trend.

      • lc

        Exactly. Meanwhile, THIS person is telling US exactly “what will always be sexy”….please lol.

  • Uma

    I wanted to reply to some other comment blabbering something about an “appropriately toned female body”, lmao. But I will refrain. Jillian is awesome as far as celebrity trainers go, and she always had this mind-set, of focusing on health and strength and not just being thin. I think she looks amazing, might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this what you would expect a trainer to look like, ffs, not some mushy “feminine” body (as if only a stomach pouch and large breasts and soft jiggly thighs are feminine….). And the photoshoot is pretty great, too, not as cheesy as other shoots trying to portray athletic activities.

    • mittelhochdeutsch

      I love Jillian! I think she’s an awesome role model. She lost a lot of weight through diet and exercise, so I think she can better empathize with clients who struggle with food and weight issues. She’s also owned up to being wrong about things, like saying “I’m sorry I was so hard on moms to work out more, I realize now that it actually is really difficult to fit this into family life.”

      She seems like a really cool person and a good trainer.

  • Snugglepup

    But a person can be trained and strong… And not look like that. The body fat is still low. Imo it’s not as unattainable as being super skinny but it takes similar mindset, orthorexia and ednos are serious problems that have somewhat overruled Obviously it is healthier to the body but equally as straining for the mind if it becomes a obsession. Women shouldn’t feel obligated to fullfill the standards every decade comes up with. It’s ridiculous. People getting BBLs and implants to create curves… Just do you and do sports that make you happy, eat what you want in moderation. Personality and confidence in who you are is what animate our “shells”.

    • Snugglepup

      *Overruled anorexia

    • Uma

      Suggesting that anyone with a low body fat percentage suffers from a mental disorder is seriously offensive. It takes a lot of discipline though, so it might be the jealousy speaking.

      • Snugglepup

        Um… Okay. I didn’t suggest anything like that imo, but sure. Maybe you have issues if a neutral comment triggers you?

        • Uma

          By your own words: “he body fat is still low. Imo it’s not as unattainable as being super skinny but it takes similar mindset, orthorexia and ednos are serious problems that have somewhat overruled” This is not true. Are there exceptions? Of course there are. But if you spend some time with people who look like Jillian, the first thing you notice is the amount of food such people eat. The only really obsessed ones I’ve seen were those going for figure competition. But that can be done healthily to, as long as you understand that some measures are temporary and for the competition only and go back to more balanced behaviour as soon as compete season is over.

          • Snugglepup

            I’m sorry but I can’t really seem to grasp your point. Maybe I worded my sentence poorly? English is not my first language. All I wanted to say that this ideal is not really that much better than idolizing very skinny figures. The same problems can occur, I don’t mean to imply that someone with low bf automatically has disoriented relationship with food or anything like that… Anything taken too far too seriously is unhealthy, even if the goal is to be as healthy as possible I.e developing orthorexia or being obsessed with doing your workouts. I’m not that stupid that I think being a certain way physically equals certain eating disorders. I don’t question that people can’t look like Jillian and have absolutely no problem with their relationship to food or exercise, I’m only saying that expecting women to look like this or feeling like it’s expected isn’t any better than expecting thinness. Some good some bad comes with everything.

  • liss

    It can be very dangerous to idolize strong too. Young people hit the gym way to early

    • mittelhochdeutsch

      I know a girl who’s been in the gym since she was a kid (her mom was a trainer) and she’s still in amazing condition? Probably because she was properly supervised and not allowed to do anything dangerous. Like when do you think is too early to hit the gym? I ‘m not trying to be antagonistic, I’m actually curious when is too early and why.

  • sswpss

    Love her body

  • Hannah

    I think it’s weird that there are “trends” in fitness. Just goes to show you it’s all about selling you things, whether it’s protein shakes or gym memberships or diet pills. Healthy is healthy, no matter what you look like. People get way too caught up in “the perfect workout” or the “perfect level of fitness” and I think more people have an unhealthy obsession with fitness than people think. Like that mom who worked out the same day she gave birth. As if that isn’t enough of a workout lol.

  • BASS

    Did she have a tummy tuck? Her belly button looks a little weird…
    And maybe it’s just the angle but it appears that they slimmed her torso a little in the cover compared to the rest of the shoot.

    I like that she mentioned bone density though. You don’t have to look slim and cut like her (and most people with regular jobs never will anyway), but any kind of exercise is good for your body and health. A few weeks ago I stumbled across this pic and it gave me extra motivation to work out!

  • Lulubelle

    I love a strong body, I started weight lifting four months ago and my confidence has greatly improved. Seeing the changes in my body gets me excited and happy and makes me feel accomplished. I feel healthier and of course stronger. I’m still around the same weight but the the fat I had I lost and I gained muscle to replace it.

    • Zoe

      You go, girl! 🙂

  • Lifeisgood20131234

    I started doing HIIT 3 days a week and I feel a lot stronger and healthier.

  • HB

    She looks pretty much perfect. Love her philosophy on workouts too!

  • jenp83

    I feel like men only think the “strong” women with tiny waists are sexy. Once they get boxy, they get called manly.

    • Maya

      Nah, I am strong and don’t have a teeny waist, and am pretty sure I have only ever heard women refer to a body like mine as boxy or masculine. Since I have big boobs and butt, a lot of men really like my body (obviously not all, as everyone has different preferences). A lot of men also really like that I could kick their butt in the gym.

  • SexxyManatee

    I would love, love, love to have her physique, but alas, I don’t think it’s in the cards for me. I’m too squat 🙁