Jillian Michaels's bio includes such a vast array of awards, accomplishments and personal trials that she would have impressed Jack LaLanne. Her hardcore image and determination reminds the world that although she is a woman, she is similar in many ways to Jack LaLanne. From her line of sports medicines to her line of best-selling books, she is indeed someone to be watched and listened to.
Jillian Michaels was born in Tarzana, California on February 24, 1974. Her mother is Jo Ann McKarus and her father, a personal injury attorney, is currently estranged from Jillian and his name is not disclosed anywhere. She has a brother named George and a half-sister named Lauren. Her mother was a psychotherapist and was naturally thin and trim. Her father, on the other hand, loved to eat and eat he did all the wrong foods.
Whenever she spent time with her father they, both indulged in fast food treats. Jillian soon learned that her enjoyment was with food and not much else. She gained a lot of weight and at the young age of fourteen Jillian weighed 175 pounds. Her mother, alarmed at the weight gain, enrolled her daughter in a martial arts class and through that life changing experience, Jillian Michaels was never the same again.
Jillian’s Martial Arts beginning was with Robert David Margolin. Jillian holds a black belt in both Akaru-Do and Muay Thai. She has had seventeen years of training and is currently weighing between 115 to 120 pounds. She now has reached a healthy weight from her previous days of obesity and bad eating habits with her father. No wonder they are estranged!
At the young age of seventeen Jillian graduates from high school and went to work as a personal trainer. Although Jillian loved her work, it was not enough money to pay the bills and she ended up tending a bar to pay for her college education. Jillian attended college at California State University in Northridge. After graduating from college she worked at ICM, a talent agency in Hollywood. In 1993 Jillian obtained two personal training certificates. Jillian was able to work as a personal trainer and eventually opened up her own place with Jack Warner called Sky Sport and Spa.
In 2004 Jillian’s life changes forever. In 2004 Jillian becomes a coach for the black team on "The Biggest Loser." She was portrayed as a heartless and hard knocking torture queen. This was all dramatics, according to Jillian and after two seasons, Jillian would leave. According to the show, she left to pursue other dreams, but the truth was she felt she was not being portrayed correctly. She left to work on a similar show in Australia, but after one year, Jillian would again return to "The Biggest Loser" and be the coach for the black team until present.
Fame brings many perks to Jillian Michaels. In addition to her probiotic sales and sports medicine line, Jillian became a "New York Times" best-selling author. She wrote six books:
- "Making the Cut"
- "Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You"
- "Master Your Metabolism"
- "Jillian Michaels Hot Bod in a Box"
- "The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook"
- "The Master Your Metabolism Calorie Counter"
Jillian Michaels's charity contributions included being The American Cancer ambassador and also an ambassador for Stand Up 2 Cancer. Jillian loves traveling and helping others when she is not working. She also loves working as the ambassador for NFL Play 60 and her work on The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Jillian’s work includes trying to eradicate childhood obesity.
Jillian’s personal life today is full of controversy. Jillian has been dating two people and according to reports, Jillian may be bi-sexual. When asked if she was a lesbian, Jillian stated that falling in love with a woman or a man would be awesome in so many words. She is reported to be dating her long-time friend Vanessa Marcil and Henry Cavill. She also claims to want children through adoption, as being pregnant would not fit into her plans.