10 Reasons We Love Jillian Michaels

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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
jillianmichaels4 5. Her sexual orientation, and longtime relationship with Heidi Rhoades hasn’t been an “issue” or a “hot topic.” It’s just another part of her life, and it’s not open to debate. 6. Her motivation and drive which pushes not only the The Biggest Loser contestants to get their absolute fittest, but was put to work on her Maximize Your Life Tour, which was all about harnessing your potential and kick-starting your goals. 7. Her impressive fitness empire; she opened her own gym when she was only 28, she had her own reality show in 2010 called Losing It With Jillian, and this is the 9th season of The Biggest Loser. 8. Her down to earth “you can’t have it all” outlook. Her butt is still her problem area, but she’s happy with being healthy, and doesn’t stress over it. 9. The fact that she treats herself; tweeting a picture of a half empty bottle of red wine with the caption “after weeks of sobriety for my @shapemagazine cover, this may have just happened” jilliantwitter3 10. Really just her twitter feed in general, it’s pretty motivational, oftentimes hilarious, and soooo true. jilliantwitter2

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