1. Hey Faith, I have the Jillian Michaels NMTZ dvd and love it. I probably pull it out once every two weeks and I do find myself sweating away during the workout. That being said, I add in my own burpees and mountain climbers just to get a better burn out of the workout. I would also like to get some 10 and 12 lbers at home for some of the exercises where I could lift more for 12-15 reps. I also like doing some of the fitnessista’s workouts (fitnessista.com). Some of the cardio/strength circuits are really great.

  2. I have a love hate relationship with Jillian. I LOVE that she pushes me (as much as a video can), because I love the feeling of a hard workout, but I also don’t like her “attack mentality”. I purposely work to view my workouts a way to enjoy my body (despite its imperfections), because it’s easy to fall into the trap of viewing a workout simply as weight management. I am much healthier – and naturally slimmer too – when I don’t view the workout as simply a means to a slimmer body. It’s a paradox for sure.

  3. I’m a big fan of Jillian Michaels. I listen to her podcast and have read most of her books and own about half of her DVDS. That being said, you’re right, her “attack” approach is a big part of her workout DVDs (not so in her podcast). She markets her DVDS to a diverse audience, because she has that kind of exposure and popularity. I’ve known more than a few people who have never worked out, picked up The Shred at Target, and just started doing it, ultimately to find huge success. Often people who have never worked out don’t feel good about their body find encouragement in working extra hard on “trouble zone”. I do agree that the goal is to love your body for the shape it is and to love who you are, and that the mentality of a trouble zone is a deviation from that.
    I guess ultimately what I feel about Jillian is that I’m thankful for what she does because she has made workout DVDs more popular and affordable which is the gateway for newbies to try another movement activity later.
    If I picked a trainer for myself to train me in person, it would not be Jillian.

  4. I also don’t like the messages that having fat on your arms or love handles should be considered “trouble zones.” I prefer to see them as “natural part of the human body.” When did those things become so awful? I like to imagine Eve in the Garden of Eden with love handles and an abdominal pooch. 🙂

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