Jillian Michaels Biography

(Personal Trainer)

Birthday: February 18, 1974 (Aquarius)

Born In: Los Angeles, California

Jillian Michaels is an American fitness trainer, television personality, author, and entrepreneur best known for featuring in the NBC-aired American competition reality show The Biggest Loser. Striving with and winning over her own obesity that bothered her since childhood, Jillian Michaels evolved into a personal trainer while she was still a university student. A holder of Black Belt and two personal training certificates from The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and The National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA), this fitness guru is also Kettlebell Concepts certified. She has thrived in cementing her position in the domain of health and wellness with popular fitness DVDs; award-winning weekly podcast The Jillian Michaels Show; New York Times best-selling books; leading exercise streaming platform fitfusion.com; and popular television shows like The Biggest Loser among others. She has also furthered her fame through her app; her website jillianmichaels.com; and different social media platforms. Such exposures led her to develop a community across the globe with a strong following of millions. Jillian Michaels, along with her business partner Giancarlo Chersich, has also launched the wellness company Empowered Media, LLC which has bolstered its presence with time.

Quick Facts

Age: 50 Years, 50 Year Old Females


father: Douglas McKarus

mother: JoAnn McKarus

children: Lukensia Michaels Rhoades, Phoenix Michaels Rhoades

Partner: Heidi Rhoades (2009–)

Born Country: United States

TV Anchors Sportspersons

Height: 5'3" (160 cm), 5'3" Females

U.S. State: California

City: Los Angeles

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education: California State University, Northridge

Childhood & Early Life

Jillian Michaels was born on February 18, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, USA, to lawyers Douglas McKarus and JoAnn, and grew up in Santa Monica.

Jillian had a somewhat troubled childhood, coping with several issues, including the divorce of her parents, night terrors, and of course, her overweight which led her to face verbal abuse from classmates.

She later thrived in overcoming her obesity by losing those extra kilos and over the course of time became a personal trainer herself. She supported her own studies while attending California State University, Northridge by working as a personal trainer and bartender.

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A black belt holder, this drop-dead gorgeous diva with an enviably toned body holds two personal training certificates since 1993, one from AFAA and the other from NESTA. She also has a certificate with the American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA) as a nutrition and wellness consultant; and is Kettlebell Concepts certified as well.

Her initial career saw her working for a while with the talent and literary agency International Creative Management in the capacity of an agent.

Along with AFAA, Jillian Michaels has come up with an ongoing series for trainers. While training her clients, she applies a mix of strength training processes that encompasses weight training, kickboxing, plyometrics, Pilates, and yoga.

She also came up with Sky Sport & Spa, a sports medicine facility, in Beverly Hills in 2002.

Jillian Michaels was featured as a trainer of the American competition reality show The Biggest Loser starting from its inception on NBC in October 2004. The show that features overweight participants contesting to lose maximum weight to win a cash prize saw Jillian featuring in its first two seasons as a trainer of Red Team. She quit the show in 2006 with Kim Lyons taking her place.

From 2006 to 2009, she remained host of a Sunday talk radio show that aired on Los Angeles's KFI (640 AM). Meanwhile, in 2007, she returned to The Biggest Loser, this time as trainer of the Black Team. Jillian along with the show’s Blue Team trainer Bob Harper also featured in the show’s Australian version from 2006 to 2008.

Jillian Michaels, along with her business partner Giancarlo Chersich, launched the company Empowered Media, LLC in 2008. The wellness company catering to total-life solutions including fitness, lifestyle, nutrition, and self-help has with time thrived in developing itself as a huge wellness empire and has also made investments in companies like Giggles N’ Hugs, AQUAHydrat, and Thrive Market.

Meanwhile, she launched a video game for the home video game console Wii on October 21, 2008, titled Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2009. Thereafter, she launched the video games Fitness Ultimatum 2010 in 2009, and Jillian Michaels Fitness Adventure and Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2011 in 2011.

Jillian has also upped her popularity quotient by penning down eight New York Times best-selling books including Master Your Metabolism (2009) with Mariska Van Aalst, and Unlimited: A Three-Step Plan for Achieving Your Dreams (2011).

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A spin-off of The Biggest Loser titled Losing It With Jillian that premiered on NBC on June 1, 2010, and ran for eight episodes till July that year, featured her visiting family members in both their residences and workplaces for a week.

She declared on Twitter on December 7, 2010, that she would quit The Biggest Loser after its eleventh season and went on to make her final appearance on the show in May 2011. She however re-appeared on the show as a trainer in its fourteenth and fifteenth seasons. The exposure she received through this popular show led her to garner widespread recognition.

In February 2011, she started hosting The Jillian Michaels Show, a weekly podcast, via iTunes. The show won in the category of Best New Audio Podcast in Apple’s App Store Rewind 2011, in December that year. She also went on to further her fame releasing several DVDs that became hugely popular, bolstering her position as a fitness guru.

She signed a multi-year deal with CBS Television Distribution (CTD), the declaration of which was made by the American TV distribution company on May 6, 2011. With such a deal, she became a co-host of The Doctors, a panel discussion show, where she started hosting a recurring segment Ask Jillian that mainly dealt with subjects related to diet and nutrition. She however left the show after half a season in January 2012. She was also featured on the American tabloid talk show by CTD titled Dr. Phil as a special correspondent.

Body Revolution, a 90-day weight loss program, was released by her in January 2012. She also came up with a 30-minute workout class called BODYSHRED at the GoodLife gyms in the US and Canada along with other clubs, such as UFC Gyms and Lifetime Fitness.

She came up with a new infomercial BODYSHRED encompassing a home workout program of 60 days in 2015.

Personal Life

Jillian Michaels once mentioned in a Pride Source interview with Chris Azzopardi that she realized she was bisexual at around eighteen years of age and only later in her twenties that she realized that she was gay. She was romantically associated with a woman named Heidi Rhoades. In May 2012, they adopted a two-year-old girl from Haiti, and in the same month, Rhoades gave birth to a boy. In June 2018, Heidi Rhoades and Jillian Michaels announced their break up. The same year, she started dating Deshanna Marie Minuto and got engaged to her in 2021. She got married to Deshanna in the summer of 2022.

She has been involved in controversies a few times, including the one when some of her products were tagged as ineffective or dangerous leading to four separate lawsuits which were later dismissed. She also faced the wrath of law enforcement officers and their families after speaking her mind against police on July 28, 2012, episode Jillian Finds Gratefulness in a Personal Loss of her podcast. The episode was later removed from the iTunes feed of the show.

Jillian is associated with many charitable organizations like Stand Up to Cancer, Hope for Haiti, The Clinton Foundation's Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and NFL's Play 60 among others. She took part in the inaugural Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation conference of the Clinton Foundation in January 2012.

She plays an advisory role in an organization called National Day of Dance for Heart Health that motivates all to exercise. She also works on animal welfare causes and aided PETA in rescuing a racehorse from a slaughterhouse.

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