Jillian Michaels

  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Profession: Personal trainer, Life coach, Entrepreneur

Fast Facts

  • Was overweight as a child until her mother enrolled her in martial-arts classes.
  • Worked at a talent agency in Los Angeles before becoming a personal trainer.
  • Certified by the National Endurance and Strength Training Association and the American Fitness Association.
  • Has expanded her fitness expertise into books, DVDs, diet supplements, video games, exercise equipment and prepackaged meals.
  • Co-owns the Beverly Hills gym Sky Sport & Spa, which is the filming location for Bravo's reality show Work Out.
  • Made a cameo with Biggest Loser costar Alison Sweeney on NBC's Days of Our Lives in 2008.
  • Established the company Empowered Media LLC, which offers broad-ranging lifestyle and wellness solutions.


  • Jo Ann McKarus — Mother
  • Heidi Rhoades — Fiancée
  • Lukensia — Daughter
  • Phoenix — Son