(born February 18, 1974) is a personal trainer
from Los Angeles
. Michaels is widely known for her appearances on The Biggest Loser
and Losing It With Jillian
Michaels began her career in exercise because she was overweight as a teenager. In 2009, on the television show The Doctors
, Michaels showed a photograph of herself when she was twelve years old, saying she weighed and was tall, so she was overweight. When she was thirteen years old, her mother enrolled her in a martial arts class. Thereafter she dedicated herself to helping overweight people lose weight.
She uses a blend of strength training techniques with her clients, including kickboxing
, and weight training
Michaels is a celebrity
adviser to National Day of Dance for Heart Health, an organization that encourages people to make exercise fun
and to laugh
to a healthier heart
." She has released several exercise DVDs, the most popular being the '30 Day Shred'.
Michaels hosted a Sunday talk radio show on Los Angeles' KFI
(640 AM) from 2006 through 2009.
On October 21, 2008, she launched a new video game called Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2009
for the Wii
. A year later, she launched a sequel called......