Jillian Michaels
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“The truth is that you are as unique on the inside as you are on the outside.”
- Jillian Michaels


Jillian Michaels was born on February 24, 1974, in Los Angeles, California. By the time she was an adolescent, Jillian was significantly overweight. As a result of her weight issues, Jillian’s mother decided that her daughter needed to participate in hobbies that were physically invigorating. So, Jillian soon began attending martial arts classes. The initial foray into a life that put physical awareness at the forefront was a turning point in Jillian’s life.

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Jillian instantly fell in love with everything that martial arts stood for. Though this admiration is arguably the primary reason she chose a career as a personal trainer, it was not her initial job. Jillian used to be a motion picture literary agent for ICM, one of the top five talent agencies in Los Angeles.

Nevertheless, Jillian’s passion to help overweight individuals soon overshadowed any other job. After leaving her job at ICM, Jillian shifted her focus to personal training. Her martial arts background includes heavy training in both Muay Thai and Akarui-Do. 

jillian michaels on the biggest loser

In 2004, Jillian became one of three weekly personalities on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, along with host Caroline Rhea and fellow trainer Bob Harper. The show featured overweight contestants who tried various tasks and diets in an attempt to lose the biggest amount of weight possible.

She became a bit of a celebrity after her stint on the first season, and went on to offer her expertise as a guest on daily talk shows like Live with Regis and Kelly.

For two installments of the U.S. show, Jillian was the trainer that led the red team. However, after the second season, Jillian was replaced with Kim Lyons, another personal trainer. According to WHO Magazine, Jillian left the show because she was unhappy with the way she was portrayed after the editing process.

“A big part of my issue with the American show is because it’s only an hour a week, Bob and I are only on for five minutes. And the five minutes I’m on, I feel like I’m an archetype and a caricature of who I really am and that’s why I quit.”

Jillian returned to the American show in 2007, however, as the renegade, training a new, third team, the Black team.

jillian michaels on biggest loser australia

Though her stint on the U.S. version ended in 2006, Jillian continued her affiliation with The Biggest Loser franchise as a trainer on the Australian version of the show.

Jillian’s experience in Australia is something that she seems extremely grateful for. While she claims she was annoyed with the editing process (and thus, her image) on the U.S. show, the Australian version is different.

“With the Australia show I feel like who I really am and what I’m really about actually comes through, for better or for worse. Here, what you see is who I am, that is my truth. What you see is what you get and it’s real.”


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When not filming her appearances on The Biggest Loser, Jillian still spends her time attempting to help others. She released a fitness DVD, authored two fitness books, and is a celebrity advisor to the National Day of Dance for Heart Health, which her homepage describes as “an organization that encourages people to make exercise fun and to laugh, learn and dance to a healthier heart."

Jillian Michaels