While there has been so much growth in the health industry, it seems some things never change. Jane Fonda was one of the pioneers of women’s group exercise which is still widely popular today but practiced in many different ways and settings. Jillian Michaels has been an inspirational and motivational leader in the fitness world who has carried on many of Fonda’s trends.
Michaels has been one of my favorite leaders to watch grow in the fitness industry because she is tough, has the knowledge to back up what she preaches and cares about her clients’ success and happiness. Michaels was overweight as a child and after years of struggling with body issues she found her passion for healthy eating and exercise. She started personal training when she was in college, and gained experience and credibility in the industry. She began as a personal trainer on the acclaimed show NBC’s Biggest Loser in 2004 and has spent 13 seasons helping overweight contestants turn their lives around and find their passion for health.
Michaels’ evolution in the health industry started with television with The Biggest Loser, which turned into her own spinoff Losing it with Jillian, and numerous interviews and television appearances. Michaels has released 15 workout DVDs, hosted a radio talk show, has been releasing a weekly podcast since 2011, and has launched video workouts for Wii and Xbox.
Michaels has not only sustained her success, she has expanded her personal brand, as well as improved the health industry’s image. She has been a positive and motivating industry force who has helped change millions of lives for over a decade and still continues to do so. What Jane Fonda started with her dance aerobics DVDs in the 80’s, and Jillian Michaels carried on with her many platforms have helped grow and evolve the health and fitness industry an unstoppable and influential force.