For some, the best motivation comes in the form of tough-as-nails, no-nonsense criticism that is biting, unapologetic yet entirely encouraging. Others need a nurturing voice that reminds them that they are at their best when they are trying their hardest. Jillian Michaels manages to combine both strategies in her fitness and wellness leadership: She’s a straight shooter who will never give up on you as long as you don’t give up on yourself. Plus, she loves her fans.
“(I’m most excited about) having a direct connection with the audience,” Michaels said. “I find this to be not only the most rewarding format as a coach but also the most effective in helping people change their lives.”
Michaels made a name for herself as the hard-ass fitness coach on reality TV’s “The Biggest Loser.” But this weekend shows another side of Michaels — a softer side, as she bring her “Maximize Your Life” motivational tour to Hoyt Sherman Theater. The show promises to be an “intimate and uniquely personal live experience” of tips and tools to motivate one’s fitness goals to his or her fullest potential.
Michaels spends a lot of the tour helping women with all aspects of life — from transforming negative attitudes and behaviors into positive, life-affirming actions to overcoming fear and controlling one’s own destiny. Over the course of her two-hour show, she says she hopes to reignite the passion if everyone in attendance and help them define their goals and “live in your authentic truth.”
“It means living the life you want instead of the life you think you should,” Michaels explained.
By redefining one’s self-worth, a person can dramatically enhance his or her confidence while navigating mental, physical or emotional obstacles, much the way Michaels does in her own life.
“I never really thought of myself as a role model, but if I had to suggest an answer I might say, because I’m fortunate enough to live a life replete with love, passion, meaning and purpose,” Michaels said. “So if role-modeling health and happiness is something, then I’m fortunate enough to have that covered.” CV
David Rowley is an Iowa native with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and a master’s in film journalism from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.Jillian Michaels’ 7 Rules for Maximizing Life 1. Lose weight and get in the best shape of your life. Learn what, when and how to eat in order to maximize metabolism and fat-burning potential, and comprehend cutting-edge fitness techniques to create dramatic transformation at an accelerated pace. 2. Live in truth. Cultivate your passions and embrace your uniqueness to create a purpose-filled life — on your own terms. 3. Redefine the self-image to improve confidence and self-worth. Believe you are entitled to, and deserve, happiness; eliminate negative self-talk; attack inhibitions; and unleash your potential. 4. Create a winning attitude. Gain awareness, overcome fear, exploit failures, work through worry and erase shame. 5. Establish support. Channel communication skills, set boundaries and articulate your needs. 6. Build will power. Gear your environment for success and engage in behavioral exercises that manage impulsivity, gain emotional control, squash destructive actions and coping mechanisms. 7. Maximize productivity. Create a roadmap for success that systematically and strategically facilitates the achievement of your goals.