Let Jillian Michaels see you sweat!
The no-nonsense trainer of NBC’s Biggest Loser is hosting Sweat USA, a weekend dedicated to all things fitness at the Miami Beach Convention Center Friday-Sunday.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet their super toned idols and perspire to their hearts’ content. As for Michaels, the 39-year-old will lead classes, conduct a meet and greet and attend a VIP cocktail party.
We talked to the Los Angeles-based workout fiend (she lives there with her girlfriend, yoga instructor Heidi Rhoades, and their two children Lukensia, 3, and Phoenix, 17 months).
Can you explain what’s going to go down at Sweat USA?
It’s a really a huge fitness event and for anyone who wants to try out different things: spinning, Flywheel, Zumba, we’ve got it all. Or maybe you’re someone looking for motivation or to get back into a healthy lifestyle. It will be a lot of fun. If you ever thought you could take a workout with me, there’s that option, too. Cross that off your bucket list!
Speaking of sweating, when you’re in Miami, do you like to exercise outside?
I love the vibe there, people walking around in short shorts and bathing suits and this, that or the other. But to be honest, no. I may go for a bike ride, but if you’re doing something crazy intense, I prefer climate control.
Season 15 of “The Biggest Loser” starts up again Tuesday night. Are you surprised by how long the show has lasted?
It keeps going and does not seem to die, which is incredible and blows my mind. The Biggest Loser really resonates with people who are overcoming tremendous adversity and triumphing over their demons. Without a doubt, most of these contestants share a pervasive lack of self worth. I try to gradually build someone’s image so they can feel worthy and keep the weight off. This season we have Ruben Studdard from American Idol competing so it’s a little different with the celebrity element. He’s a really likeable guy.
What are the best and worst parts of the show for you personally?
The worst is the fact that it’s a game show, a competition, sending people home. That aspect has been a nightmare for me on every level. It’s brutal. The best part? The breakthroughs, when I finally get through to them. It’s a real sense of satisfaction. The feeling of ‘Today was a good day.’
What’s a typical day like for you?
I usually have yogurt or fruit or a whole-grain muffin with almond butter. I eat the same amount of calories a day. Like 1,800. I get my daughter ready for school. Then usually anything from attending business meetings, doing DVD shoots, just trying to grow and promote projects. Somewhere in there I try to squeeze in a workout. I’m home by about five to start our evenings: Walk the dog, bathe the kids, play with them.
Your kids are super close in age because your daughter’s adoption came through right around the time your partner gave birth. What’s that like?
At first it was really challenging, both at the same time. But we finally got the hang of it. it One of them will be crying, and the other one is trying to steal food. It’s par for the course: siblings will beat the crap out of each other. I have to be the referee constantly. But I don’t mind. They’re the loving, hilarious, adventurous part of my day. It’s all good.