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Jillian Michaels Seeking Legal Action Against Los Angeles Times For Calling Her a Fraud

Jillian Michaels Shames the LA Times For Calling Her a Fraud

There's some serious mudslinging going on in the fitness world: earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times printed an op-ed piece on trainer Jillian Michaels. Author James S. Fell, a certified trainer and health author, slams Jillian, calling her "an actress playing the role of fitness trainer on TV" with "regular displays of poor technique and unsafe training practices."

James's opinion is stirred, in part, from Jillian's latest fitness DVD: Shred-It With Weights Kettlebell Workout. In the op-ed piece, James also speaks to a kettlebell expert who calls her technique "appalling" and unsafe. This isn't the first slam against Jillian's kettlebell DVD; if you search "Jillian Michaels kettlebell" on Google, the first page is awash from trainers calling her kettlebell technique improper. (Personally, I haven't seen the video.)

Jillian is not taking the Los Angeles Times piece lightly. The trainer told Us Weekly that she'll be going forward with legal action: "They didn't do any of their homework. They flat-out [lied]. It's defamation, it's libel, it's full-on." As for her credentials, Jillian responded by saying, "I currently own two certifications, one of which doesn't expire. I developed my own continuing education program for trainers, with sports medicine doctors. I've been a trainer since I was 17 years old for 19 years." Jillian's fans are in her corner, offering more than 1,000 comments of support via her Facebook.

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Vax1 Vax1 5 years
If the pic of Jillian "coaching" Rachael Ray doing squats on her show today is any indication, JM can't be bothered to correct poor (and potentially injury-causing) technique. One should not overextend the knee. I hear that at some point RR claimed a knee injury. Was that before JM had her do the squats (irresponsible) or after (result of poor coaching?) I'd find JM's "credentials" a lot more compelling if there was some academic basis to them.
Purrsnickety Purrsnickety 7 years
I don't agree with the weight loss supplements or how much of an obvious fame whore she is but her regular workout dvds are great in my opinion (30 day shred, no more trouble zones, etc.). I can understand why a trainer would be this angry about her though. She is making their profession look bad. The thing I don't get about why he is going after her so hard is what about all of the celebrity workout videos out there? I know I own at least 3 including the Mel B. workout and the most horrific workout I've ever done; Pussycat Dolls. Those videos should be more highly criticized because these people really aren't trained, have no credentials and yet they are allowed to put out exercise videos. The Pussycat Dolls video barely has any explanation in it, it's just a bunch of girls in skimpy outfits dancing and expecting you to be psychic enough to know what to do next. There is a lot of room for improvement out there in the world of home exercise tools and I only wish that they would judge everyone instead of picking on the obvious, most famous offender.
Asche Asche 7 years
She is protesting a bit much, and has zero case considering it's an opinion piece. I'm sure she and her lawyer realize this, but it's another chance for publicity.
shannon_xo shannon_xo 7 years
yeah I really don't like her and am glad she is finally being called out.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 7 years
No way! I have been doing the kettlebell workout every morning and I absolutely love it. I even got my mom hooked on it!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I've always been more than impressed with Jillian's workout DVDs. I haven't seen the kettlebell one, but the others always leave me sore and sweating pretty good. I've never tried her supplements because that's just not something I'm into, but to call her a "fraud" is a BIT harsh, IMHO.
thatsnotfab thatsnotfab 7 years
This James Fell guy is so annoying. I think he just has it out for the woman, as this isn't the first time his ripped on one of her DVDs: I don't disagree with him entirely as far as researching proper form goes, but he clearly just doesn't like the woman overall, otherwise he wouldn't go out of his way to mock her every chance he gets.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
She doth protest too much. The truth makes her wallet hurt. It's an OP-ED not an article written by a reporter for the paper, it doesn't necessarily express the views of the paper or its staff. The OP-ED writers statements are backed up by Jillian's very own website, bio and other independent qualified physical trainers.
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