Fitness, San Francisco

Interview with Jillian Michaels!

April 15, 2015

AHH! Let me just start off with saying that Jillian Michaels is such a fitness icon for me; I started doing her workout, 30 Day Shred, when I was just 15 years old and have been a fan ever since. She is the best and her workouts (of which many more were released after the success of the 30 Day Shred) are no joke. I can only imagine how hard her new Bodyshred workout is!

Needless to say, I was bouncing around the walls with excitement when I received the opportunity to interview her! In case you are not quite as familiar with Jillian Michaels  as I am, let me give you a quick intro before I give her the chance to: Jillian Michaels shot to fame after starring as one of the trainers on the Biggest Loser and has since graced countless magazine covers, created incredible at-home workout DVDs and engages in philanthropic efforts (my kinda lady).

I am so excited to give you, Jillian Michaels!

JM interview time

HF: Hi Jillian! Please tell us about your amazing new program and what we can expect from it. 

JM: We’re granting opportunities to fitness professionals all over the country to become trained and certified in the Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED™ Program so they can offer the 30-minute group class at their respective fitness facilities (more details on Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED™ is a 30-minute group exercise class that is essentially a hybrid of the most progressive fitness philosophies integrated into one comprehensive system. I designed BODYSHRED to target every muscle in the body and maximize athletic performance and metabolic potential.

 HF: What inspired you to create BODYSHRED and what sets it apart from other fitness programs? 

JM: BODYSHRED classes are comprised of four circuits utilizing what I like to call my “3-2-1” interval format approach: 3 minutes of strength with 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of core work for 30 minutes of intense conditioning. I was inspired to develop BODYSHRED as a way to combine the most effective forms of HIIT in an efficient 30-minute session. This workout will produce results for someone who is already athletic, as well as someone who is just getting involved in an exercise regimen. With my Certification Workshops, I’m hoping to share with local fitness professionals the training techniques and philosophies I personally use to transform the lives of millions of people!  

HF: Is BODYSHRED based off of any workout program you previously created or is it completely new? 

JM: BODYSHRED represents essentially every workout I have ever created in that it is the amalgamation of my 21 years in fitness.  I took all the aspects of my work that have been the most effective and successful and built them into the BODYSHRED program as a training modality.  From a format perspective, I took the 3,2,1 30-minute approach from my programs “30 Day Shred” and “Ripped in 30” – which have been my most successful DVD programs to date, selling over 15 million copies. I wanted to take those programs and all the aspects that people love and bring them to life in order to co-opt the talent of other great fitness professionals and touch more lives. 

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HF: Can anyone do BODYSHRED or is it just for people with an intermediate to advanced level of fitness? 

JM: I designed the program specifically to cater to people of every fitness level. No matter how you slice it, BODYSHRED is not an “easy” workout, but it is doable for anyone and everyone through the program’s modifications and progressions.  So, no matter who you are or where you are starting from, BODYSHRED will get you in the best shape of your life – safely and quickly.  

HF: I see you were in San Francisco recently for a BODYSHRED workshop! Could you tell us a little more about that? 

JM: Yes! My amazing BODYSHRED Master Trainers were at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco on March 29th for a Certification Workshop for local trainers looking to become certified in BODYSHRED. This 9-hour course prepared trainers to teach a group class in this method, introducing them to new concepts, teaching tools and motivational delivery style that will set them apart from others and expand their growth. From there, certified trainers can get the class on the schedules at their respective gyms and the people of San Francisco will be able to experience it for themselves in no time! We’re hosting another local Certification Workshop for trainers in the Bay Area on Sunday, April 19th at KB Fitness in San Jose. 

HF: A lot of people intend to start exercising more and eating healthily, but it can be difficult at first. What advice would you give to a beginner? 

JM: My first piece of advice would be to identify the reason why you want to ditch your unhealthy habits and get on the right track. What’s been holding you back? When you define exactly why you want to get fit and healthy, it will help you to develop an emotional connection to your goals (HF: <— incredible advice!). Referring back to that goal can be a very powerful motivator!


HF: And for more advanced people, how can we get your incredible abs?! 

JM: Incredible abs require a combo approach of metabolic conditioning with a core centric focus and clean eating! You need to keep track of your daily caloric intake and eat clean foods. Period. 

HF: As a busy and working mother, how do you make time to stay active and eat healthily? 

JM: Having little ones running around certainly makes it more challenging to find the time to work out, but I tell myself no matter what I can find 30 minutes at some point in my day, 4-5 times a week, to make it happen.

Exclusive Discount

Jillian Michaels has been kind enough to offer  a 25% discount off of her upcoming local trainer Certification Workshop for Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED on April 19th at KB Fitness in San Jose, CA. If you are a local Bay Area fitness trainer then I highly encourage you to take advantage of this generous offer. Plus, you will get the interview leaders of the program and other BODYSHRED certified trainers!

What Are Your Thoughts?

What did you think of the interview? I hope you enjoyed it and found her advice helpful and relevant. Keep up with Jillian Michaels by following her Facebook page, and check with your local gym to see if they offer her BODYSHRED class. And let me know if you try out a class. I would love to know what you think of it 🙂

 Honestly yours,

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  • Tera Michael April 15, 2015 at 7:44 am

    YAY! How exciting for you. I know that got me pumped. I’m so thrilled for you girly!! ♡ Jillian!!!

    • Honestly Fitness April 15, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Thank you, Tera!! Jillian is so awesome, so stoked I got this opportunity. I hope you appreciated the question I asked her about keeping fit with kids 🙂
      Alice x

  • candy April 15, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I love Jillian. this program sounds brutal, just like the 30 day shred. Thank you for the info!

    • Honestly Fitness April 15, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Almost worse, because at least with the DVD you can pause Jillian haha! Thanks so much for reading the interview, Candy, really appreciate it and your lovely comment 🙂
      Alice x

  • Cassie April 15, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I love Jillian Michaels! She is such a badass and an inspiration for everyone in the health and fitness industry!

    • Honestly Fitness April 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Definitely, she is the original health and fitness inspiration 🙂
      Alice x

  • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West April 15, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Alice! I actually considered going to her trainings, but could not make either of the ones in the Bay Area. I really want to try her program though, because I’ve never done any of her workouts. Pretty cool interview! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • Honestly Fitness April 18, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Hi Ashley! Ah, that is a shame you couldn’t make it but that is life I suppose. You should definitely try her workouts if you ever get a chance, they are intense! The 24 hour on Ocean avenue right by my house offers BODYSHRED on Fridays, if you ever want to make the trip over 😉
      And it’s my pleasure, thank you for reading! Have a lovely weekend 🙂
      Alice x