Although fitness trainer Jillian Michaels first realized she was “ bisexual when she was 18 (after being kissed by another girl), she admitted to Chris Azzopardi of Pride Source that she did not fully know she was “ gay until into my 20s.” She also credited Madonna’s “Justify My Love” video with helping her find her voice.
“It was a series of things. It was a process. Basically it was a combination of getting involved in martial arts and having these small successes within martial arts, which empowered me to start taking steps in my personal life, in my relationships, in my professional life, and then, honestly, when it comes to accepting my sexuality.”
Still, Michaels has stated that in addition to her belief in maintaining a healthy physical lifestyle through exercise and nutrition, she “believes in healthy love,” whether it is a woman or a man.
“As long as you fall in love. It’s like organic food. I only eat healthy food, and I only want healthy love!”
Today she is a mother to 2 children with her fiancée Heidi Rhoades. Although Rhoades gave birth to a son (Phoenix), Michaels made the choice to adopt their daughter (Lukensia) rather than give birth, herself, due in large part to the fact that she reportedly suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
The condition is caused by an elevated male hormone in women. Symptoms of PCOS include irregular or heavy periods, acne, excessive body hair and, pelvic pain. It also makes it hard for females suffering from it to become pregnant. In addition, people with the condition often find that their bodies develop, insulin resistance. If not treated in time, it cannot only lead to diabetes but also heart disease.
Although the cause is not fully understood, PCOS seems to run in families and can be passed down from either the mother or father’s side. Other risk factors include obesity and lack of physical exercise.
The latter, however, is certainly not something Michaels, best known for having been the “toughest” trainer on TV’s “Biggest Loser,” needs to worry about. While her drill sergeant attitude brought more than one contestant to tears as she sought to whip them into shape, her genuine concern over the direction the extreme weight loss program was taking caused her to leave the show several times.
Meanwhile, her personal blend of strength training techniques, incorporating pilates, kickboxing, yoga, weight training and plyometrics (aka “jump training” exercises in which muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time to increase speed-strength) has gained her a following among martial artists, athletes and other clients throughout the country. In fact, Michaels has held two personal training certificates, one from The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and the other from the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association since 1993, as well as nutrition and wellness consultant certificate with the American Fitness Professionals and Associates.
In addition to her appearances on the show Michaels released a 90-day weight loss program titled “Body Revolution, as well as BODYSHRED, her 30-minute workout class exclusively at GoodLife gyms in Canada and in the US with clubs like Lifetime fitness, followed by a 60-day at-home workout version. She also runs Empowered Media, LLC with Giancarlo Chersich, among other business ventures.
It should also be noted that Jillian has devoted her time and talents to a number of charities such as acting as an advisor to the National Day of Dance for Heart Health, an organization that encourages people to exercise; the NFL’s Play 60; the Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Stand Up to Cancer; Hope for Haiti, and Sow a Seed and Dress for Success, as well as working with PETA to save a racehorse from being slaughtered, etc.