October 20, 2012 09:00 AM by Veronica Dudo
Jillian Michaels returns as the tough as nails trainer on NBC’s hit feel-good reality TV series, The Biggest Loser. Recently, the celebrity trainer taught a boot camp at Showboat Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. for the inaugural Sweat AC Festival. Presented by Caesars Entertainment, the three day fitness expo focused on fitness, nutrition and health. Fans know Michaels from her appearances on numerous TV shows such as The Doctors, The Biggest Loser and Losing It With Jillian. In addition to being a trainer, Michaels is also a fitness expert, life coach, author, blogger and creator of DVD’s and video games. Keep reading to hear what the reality TV star had to say about staying fit and eating right!
With two small children at home, the 38 year-old says she needed to make some adjustments when it came to her workout schedule admitting, “It’s definitely not the same; I haven’t been back to Yoga in five months! First it was cute and then I was like, wow, I feel out of shape.”
Michaels explained how she was able to get back into her workout routine, “One of the things I do is I’ll take my kids with me,” she explained. ”When we were on vacation, we didn’t have help. My daughter had a little life vest on and I put her on a paddle board and went paddle boarding or I’ll put my son in his carrier and I’ll go hike with him or put them in their jogging stroller and go to Venice Beach and jog on the Boardwalk.”
When it comes to running, Michaels says it’s the one exercise she hates but believes there is a benefit if you can stick with it. “There’s an exercise that I hate more than anything on the planet and that’s running and I hate it! I’m physically not built for it,” she said with a laugh. ”For years I’ve forced myself and it’s incredible because I show no progress. I can bike longer, harder and faster or row longer harder and faster to get better results and I tried for years and I finally said that’s it.”
Sharing her expertise, Michaels says there are some great workout moves for people who may not have a lot of equipment or space.
“Anything from a plank or push-up position because you’re basically engaging the entire front of your body and your core. Anything from that position is going to work as many muscle groups as you can hit in one swoop. I’m really big on body weight training so if you have a broomstick and you can put it over two chairs do body rows which are great for your arms and your back,” she said.
As for her diet, Michaels says she keeps it very clean, “I don’t eat chemicals ever–so the only thing I ever rule out completely are chemicals. They have no place in my diet. I don’t eat artificial anything. If I’m out and the salmon is not wild well ok fine but for the most part when I can control it. For me I usually start out pretty good I get worse as the day goes on which is exactly the opposite of how it should go!”
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