The Los Angeles Times carried an op-ed piece written by Canadian health and fitness expert James S. Fell that isn’t sitting well with Jillian Michaels, a trainer on two NBC reality shows: The Biggest Loser and Losing It with Jillian.
The article referred to Michaels as “an actress playing the role of fitness trainer.” Fell didn’t stop there. Referring to her new workout DVD Shred-It With Weights, he called her techniques shoddy and her routines unsafe.
An L.A. kettlebells specialist Mark Cheng told Fell: “Her technique is appalling. I would not recommend this from a safety perspective.”
The 36-year-old has two certifications and has developed her own continuing education program for trainers. She claims that she has been a trainer since she was 17-years-old — which would seem to suggest that if you call yourself a trainer, then you are one even if you are still in high school.
Jillian said of the article: “They said I was a total fraud. They didn’t do any of their homework. They flat-out lied. It’s defamation. It’s libel, it’s full-on.”
Michaels plans to take legal action against the L.A. Times.
No stranger to the process, Michaels has been sued by several plaintiffs over her Triple Process Total Body Detox and Cleanse, and a diet pill that she endorses for ThinCare International. Those cases are still pending.
In June 2009, it was revealed that during Season 7, Jillian was the target of an internal drug investigation, based on allegations made by Biggest Loser contestant Filipe Fa.
Jillian in her training gear after the jump:
Trainer or Actress….you decide!
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