To heat or not to heat? That is the question with new hot workouts continuing to pop up. We asked Jillian Michaels, author of the newly released The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential For Ageless Strength, Health, and Beauty what the one workout trend she wishes would go away is, and she didn't miss a beat in answering hot workouts, calling them "beyond dumb."
Of the misconception that cranking up the heat can help you to sweat and detox, Jillian told POPSUGAR at a brunch to celebrate AquaHydrate's partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. "You're not detoxing anything. Your liver, kidney, and spleen detox the body. And you know what helps them do that? Hydration." Jillian also emphasizes that you're not burning more calories "because your intensity is far less than it would be in a cooler room." So how much water should you be drinking? Registered dietitian Lori Zanini recommends drinking about half of your bodyweight (in pounds) in fluid ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you would need approximately 75 fluid ounces of water per day, which breaks down into about nine cups per day (eight ounces in one cup). Drink up and stay cool!
Jillian Michaels is no stranger to a challenge circuit. The fitness guru loves inspiring (or torturing?) people with workouts on her Instagram page and workout app, My Fitness by Jillian Michaels. On Nov. 29, Jillian upped the ante with a core-focused circuit she dubbed a "tummy tightening workout."
The workout included V-ups with a bar, a plank variation with a push-up, and bicycle crunches with a medicine ball. Jillian recommends to do each move for 30 seconds for four rounds total. Jillian makes every exercise look easy, but you will definitely feel the burn after the first 30 seconds. This workout won't just ignite your abs but your whole core.
If you're looking to spice up your ab day or want to get in a quick workout at home, try these moves. Just be warned - it may hurt to laugh the next day.
Jillian Michaels is back with another hard-as-hell workout, this time targeting your booty. The former The Biggest Loser trainer, who shares workouts on her app My Fitness by Jillian Michaels, shared her butt circuit video on Instagram.
Since many of these moves require gym equipment such as dumbbells, weight plates, weight benches, and cable machines, it's best performed in a gym. Jillian recommends doing each exercise for 30 seconds and three rounds total.
With a mix of lunges, leg lifts, and one-legged deadlifts, these moves will target not just your glutes but your legs, too. Although some moves are more advanced, they can be modified to fit your level. If you're a true beginner, Jillian recommends starting with her beginner's program on her app. "So you can build solid foundation, get results, and not feel intimidated," she told POPSUGAR at an event for AquaHydrate. "You want to take action, but action that is misinformed is going to do a lot of damage."
Use this lower-body circuit as motivation to tone that tush, and get ready to put in work at the gym!
We all want to make the most of our workout time and prevent injury, so we asked Jillian Michaels, author of the upcoming The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential For Ageless Strength, Health, and Beauty, the biggest mistake people make in the gym. "Hideous form," she told POPSUGAR at an event for AquaHydrate. "One: that's totally ineffective. Two: you're probably going to get hurt." To develop proper form, Jillian suggests hiring a personal trainer for a session to take you through the exercise. If a one-on-one session isn't possible, looking to the internet can be an easy way to check the correct form prior to trying an exercise. POPSUGAR Fitness is a great resource when learning proper form, like these standing core exercises or fun moves with the pulley machine, like the cable pullover, for example.
Since beginners are most likely to make this mistake on form, Jillian recommends starting with her beginner's program "so you can build solid foundation, get results, and not feel intimidated. You want to take action, but action that is misinformed is going to do a lot of damage." Master your form before moving on to more complicated exercises and heavier weights. Your goal is to stay consistent and injury-free so you can keep working out.
Jillian Michaels doesn't just design workouts for other people on her workout app My Fitness by Jillian Michaels, she actually practices what she preaches. The former The Biggest Loser trainer regularly posts workout videos to her Instagram page for a weekly dose of gym motivation.
Since Jillian works out primarily in sports bras and crop tops, we can't help but notice her flat tummy and carved ab muscles. So how does she get such definition? Through a number of core circuits and ab exercises that target even the hardest-to-hit spots. Although these exercises range from beginner to advanced, all of these moves will inspire you to mix up ab day and work those core muscles.
Scroll through some of Jillian's favorite ab moves and add them to your repertoire - your abs will be sore for days!
When Jillian Michaels puts in work at the gym, she's usually showing off her abs in a sports bra or crop top. Now, the fitness expert, who has her own workout app called My Fitness by Jillian Michaels, showed us how she gets her strong core and sculpted abs with a challenging circuit on her Instagram page.
The former The Biggest Loser trainer shared a core circuit that included four moves. Since some of the moves required a dumbbell and a pull-up bar, this is probably best performed at the gym. Jillian said to do 30 seconds per move and perform the circuit four times through. Although she doesn't indicate a rest time, try to rest no more than one to two minutes in between each circuit.
Although this workout is less than 15 minutes total, you will definitely feel the burn. These exercises work your whole core, which isn't just for vanity; core strength is important for helping with back pain, improving posture, and preventing everyday injury. Grab a dumbbell and get to work!
If you're looking for a no-nonsense dose of reality to lose weight and get in shape, then look no further than Jillian Michaels. The former The Biggest Loser trainer was known for her tough-love attitude and ability to whip anyone into shape. Now, with a podcast and a workout app called My Fitness by Jillian Michaels, the super strong trainer still reaches millions of her fans.
Luckily for us (and for you!), Jillian has given us some exclusive interviews where we grilled her about the best ways to lose weight, shed fat, and build lean muscle. Here are the best tips, straight from Jillian herself. Whether you're just starting out on your journey or a gym rat who wants to tone up even more, Jillian has some invaluable information that will benefit you. Scroll through some of her best tips and get inspired to make a change today.
Jillian Michaels may have skyrocketed to fame as the tough-as-nails trainer on The Biggest Loser, but you don't need to be one of her clients to get in a good Jillian-inspired workout. The fitness expert regularly shares her workouts on Instagram and on her app My Fitness by Jillian Michaels, demonstrating moves that range from beginner to ninja-level expert.
For her most recent circuit, Jillian was all about that bass, putting together a workout that's focused on toning and strengthening your butt. She recommended doing each move for 30 seconds on each side of the body for three rounds total. Although that may not seem like a lot, this circuit is sure to fire up your glutes and leave you feeling sore.
Incorporate these moves into your lower-body routine and get ready to see those booty gains in no time!
Jillian Michaels's sculpted abs speak for themselves; whether she's rocking a sports bra in the gym or a crop top on her Instagram, the trainer and fitness expert has a flat and toned tummy. Turns out, Jillian doesn't rely on crunches to get her abs to show. Instead, she mixes up her core workouts at the gym and gets creative with the equipment.
In her latest Instagram video, Jillian took on the captain's chair to fire up her core and work her abs. She did a total of four moves, a mix of dips and hanging leg raises - all of which are pretty advanced. Unlike standard crunches, these moves challenge your strength and stability. Jillian recommended doing each move for 30 seconds in a row for a total of four rounds.
If you're looking to mix up your ab routine, take on the captain's chair and get to work!
Jillian Michaels may be a pro in the gym - the former Biggest Loser trainer is no stranger to challenge circuits and expert-level moves - but she also knows how to create workouts that are achievable for all fitness levels. Take this sled circuit she shared on her Instagram, for example.
While the sled may be an intimidating piece of equipment in the gym no matter how long you've been working out, Jillian proves you can get creative with it by adjusting your form and attaching handled straps to it. Although Jillian stacked her sled with weight plates, you could also perform these without weights if you're a beginner.
She started the circuit by running the sled forward. She then pulled the sled with straps while running sideways, followed by lunging sled pushes. She continued by getting into a squat form and pulled the sled with her arms in a row stance, followed by bear crawls while pulling the sled forward. She suggested doing each move for 30 seconds, and doing them back-to-back for three total rounds. If you need to take a break, take a two or three-minute rest in between each round.
Although Jillian made this circuit look easy, it's definitely a challenge! It's a total-body workout that will get your heart rate up and incorporates functional movements. Hopefully, this video gets you motivated to take on the sled and mix up your gym routine!