'Biggest Loser's' Jillian Michaels ramps up fitness routine

Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:24am EST
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As Jillian Michaels, the tough-love trainer on NBC's hit reality show "The Biggest Loser," lunges towards her middle years she infuses her fitness routine with the same take-no-prisoners mindset that impels her TV contestants to shape up.

The Los Angeles-based trainer, who turns 40 next month, is determined to fight, rather than embrace, that milestone.

"I‘m trying to get into the best shape of my life for 40," Michaels said in an interview in New York while demonstrating a workout designed for Curves, the global chain of women's fitness centers.

Her own fitness path began as an overweight 13-year-old whose mother enrolled her in a martial arts class. She has spun her TV role improving the fitness of people who are 100 pounds or more overweight into an empire of exercise DVDs, equipment, best-selling books and clothing.

These days, she said, her fitness credo is all about variety and gradually ratcheting up the intensity of her workouts.

"I don't lock into one type of exercise," said Michaels, adding the workouts she creates focus on flexibility, balance, core stabilization, power, speed and agility.

"I change the workout every month, so you never adapt and never plateau."

She also advises upping the ante of a regimen at a 10 percent rate every two weeks, by increasing something, be it weight, repetitions or speed.   Continued...

Fitness guru Jillian Michaels gives exercise instructions while promoting her new workout for the Curves franchise in New York January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson