Jillian Michaels Wants to Be in Best Shape of Her Life as 40 Nears

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Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 04:25 PM

By David Ogul

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Jillian Michaels, the super-successful physical trainer who stars on the hit “The Biggest Loser” is about to turn 40 — and she’s not shying away from the milestone.

“I’m trying to get into the best shape of my life for 40,” Michaels told Reuters during a recent interview in New York.

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Michaels was an original trainer on the reality series “The Biggest Loser,” left after a couple years, returned a year later, left a second time in 2011, and returned again in 2012. She also hosts NBC’s spinoff “Losing It With Jillian,” in which she focuses on one family at a time. In addition, the best-selling author has released more than 15 fitness DVDs. Nearly 1 million people follow her on Twitter.

The Los Angeles native began her quest to fitness as an overweight teenager whose mother enrolled her in a martial arts class.

Michaels told Reuters that variety in your workout is key.

“I don’t lock into one type of exercise,” she said. “I change the workout every month, so you never adapt and never plateau.” She suggested those looking to get fit increase the intensity of a particular regimen by 10 percent every two weeks, be it via weights, speed, or repetition. “The more you change and stress the body, the quicker it’s going to adapt and change,” she said.

Michaels said she has seen how proper exercise can change someone’s life.

“I could take somebody that is a second away from having a heart attack and in four months I can have them running a marathon,” she told Reuters. “That’s amazing. I would never have thought that was possible 10 years ago.”

Her latest goal? She said Monday on "The Wendy Williams Show" that she wants to focus on her rear.

“For 40, I really want to give myself the best butt I can possibly have,” she said.

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