Jillian Michaels, now 40, recently opened up to Shape magazine about her life, making the cover of the July issue. Here are the top 10 reasons that we love Jillian Michaels:
- Her transformation story. After her parents divorce she gained a lot of weight and was often bullied. When her mother signed her up for martial arts classes, Jillian realized that others will respect you only when you respect yourself, and she started her long journey to overcome her weight issues as well as her self-esteem problems.
- Her variety when it comes to workouts: boxing, yoga, pull-ups, and any and all plank variations you can find. This woman does it all.
- Her refreshing take on aging. She thinks she looks even better now at age 40 than she did in her 20s, which is the most thrilling thing to hear in this youth-obsessed society.
- She has two kids, daughter Lukensia (4) and son Pheonix (2) with partner Heidi Rhoades. Michaels told Shape, “my best reason for having strong arms is because I love to pick up my kids” – hello hot mama!