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Jillian Michaels "Shred-it With Weights" DVD

LA Times article:

While Jillian Michaels fans must be frothing at the mouth, I think when a person proclaims the only way to get in shape is through hard work (true), then adds her name and image to a brand of diet pills (hypocritical), then faces a class-action lawsuit over the lack of efficacy regarding said diet pills (unsurprising), coupled with myriad examples of unqualified and unsafe training along with outrageous weight loss claims, then it's time to find a new source of fitness education and inspiration.


Sun. Oct 17, 1:29pm

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I couldn't agree more with this article. She is a total hypocrite. I've never liked her and have never understood her appeal.

Sunday, October 17, 2010, 2:19 PM

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I love her, don't think she's a hypocrite at all (b/c if one knew the background of the line she sells and what they're actually all about one would also know it's not intended to be a 'miracle pill' that requires nothing other than taking the supplements), and, of course, the law suits aren't surprising.

lol - and like the article says - most people these days ARE the size of a Smart Car so losing 5 pounds a week is entirely possible!

Sunday, October 17, 2010, 3:10 PM

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She's getting another lawsuit aimed at her new kettle ball dvds... Apparently she's doing the kettle ball exercises incorrectly throughout the DVD. You can seriously injure yourself doing the exercises she shows.

I have mixed feelings about her. I have her 30 Day Shred DVD and love it - she's like having a personal trainer the way she talks through the workouts yelling at you not to quit... I have a bunch of different workout dvds and that one is my most fav. I don't like the fact she backed up diet pills... I feel like she would've gotten a whole lot farther if she came out with just a cookbook instead.

She's gotten a lot of crap lately! There's one article that calls her nothing but a actress

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 1:38 PM

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I'm guessing if you're not a Jillian fan this article reinforces your opinion, but as someone who listened to her radio show all the time the supplements didn't seem the least bit hypocritical, and it seemed to fit right in line with what she advocates. On the surface I can see how one might think it's hypocritical, but they were not created as a quick fix or as THE way to lose weight, and they won't even work that way. Although I'm sure a lot of people wanting just that were hoping for just that! And people looking for effortless quick fixes will always be disappointed.

Now, I love her workouts, but I have ZERO interest in a kettle ball DVD!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 2:22 PM

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In response to the post above.... The 'detox cleanse' diet pill is potentially lethal combination of toxic ingredients which is why she is being sued.

the products can cause ...Gastrointestinal ulcers, nausea and vomiting, severe dehydration..... This isn't just any diet pill. She endorses healthy weight loss on biggest looser than goes out and backs up a pill that is exdrodinarly bad for you.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 2:37 PM

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Just with ANY supplement - it's not going to be a good choice for some people. People have to be smart. Many people aren't.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 3:17 PM

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Okay, you take any drug or supplement out on the market today, over the counter or otherwise and you can cobble together a scary list of worst case scenarios of possible side effects. That's what lawyers do when they're putting together a case. If these products were actually lethal - everyone and their brother would know about it and they'd be yanked from the market pronto.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 3:27 PM

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Her detox and cleanse pills are not FDA approved ... And if you look up the ingredients you can easily see why. Lawyers will find loop holes etc. To get a case ... but in this instance it is very easy to see why she is receiving such backlash from supporting such a dangerous substance for weight loss..

Love her 30 day shred dvd - disagree with her diet "detox" pills.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 4:05 PM

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Many if not most detox and cleansing pills are not FDA approved. If you go after hers because of the side effects than the who detox and cleansing pills will taken off the market.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 5:35 PM

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Who cares what is fda approved or not? How could any diet pill be good for you? As for supplements, I'd go with a doctor's brand, not JIllian Michaels.

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 10:09 AM

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While I like the 30-Day shred videos as a way to stay active when the weather is too horrible to go outside, I think Jilliian Michaels is WAY overrated and jumped the shark ages ago. She strikes me as someone who really believes her own publicity.

She makes some fairly silly statements - i.e., that you can't make an impact by making small changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator - that make me roll my eyes (most successful dieters I know have succeeded BECAUSE they have adopted small, sustainable changes to their diet and exercise patterns).

Like most popular-for-now-and-forgettable-in-5-years fitness 'gurus', she's useful in moderate doses. But a lot of what she says and/or advocates should be taken with a hefty grain of salt. ;)

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 1:10 PM

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Kettle Bell Shred IT DVD lawsuit?

Tonight, Nov. 12th, you had on your show Jillian Michaels. You talked about her Shred It workout DVD with Kettlebells. During your interview, you reminded her of the controversial complaints that her DVD was a danger to participants that she was being told that she did not have the training background or knowledge. I listened to her back herself up. I had heard 'rumours' about this a few months ag, but just felt like it wasnt possible after seeing and learning and watching her on the Biggest Loser. Even with the rumours, I still went out and bought her Shred It DVD Workout.
For a couple months, I did Shred It. I was feeling so good, that I even stepped it up to level 2 after about 2 months. This was until Monday Nov. 8, 2010 when I woke up at my normal time (5AM) for work and found myself in extreme pain. So much so, I was taken to our Emergency Room as my lower back felt broken and I had pains shootin down both legs. After X-ray and a CT Scan, I was given the following diagnosis...
?1. A Large broad-based midline L-4-L5 disc herniation present, which is deforming my dural sac and causing severe narrowing of my central spinal canal.
2. I have moderate degenerative changes which are present at the L-5-S-1 disc space.
3.... Minimal degenerative annual bulging of the L-3-L4 disc.
Before all this, I was a healthy, and active 36 year old mother of 3, who (as anyone of my friends/family would say) cannot sit still for more then 5 minutes. I am now facing possible surgery to remove my degenerating discs.

As a working m...other of, as I said, 3 young kids...obviously my job is my lifeline and so is my health. I am now into my 2nd week off because of this, looking at intense therapy and consultation to a Specialist in hopes of avoiding back surgery.

I am wondering if you can pass along the names of the "medical specialists" accusing her Shred It DVD as being dangerous. Because in my case, it has caused me extreme pain and what could be, a long haul ahead.

Friday, November 12, 2010, 7:06 PM

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I am so sorry to read that. My heart goes out to you.

here is the original Los Angeles Times story link:,0,2339798.story?page=1

also, click link below... see LINK

Saturday, November 13, 2010, 12:25 PM

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original LA Times story link

here it is...

click LINK


Saturday, November 13, 2010, 12:26 PM

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7:06 - I'm so sorry to hear that this happened to you!! Please consider seeing a chiropractor before going ahead and having surgery. They really can do wonders. I was suffering from extreme pain as well and am sooooo much better after working with a chiropractor.

Sunday, November 14, 2010, 2:32 PM

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Clearly someone overestimated their fitness level. Jillian and other fitness instructors are in much better shape than the people who have purchased the workout DVDs. You must do the exercises to meet your fitness level and not try to do them exactly like the instructor or you WILL cause severe injury. Only an idiot would think that they can do the exercises with the intensity of someone who is much more fit...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 11:35 AM

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You already lost the argument by name calling. FAIL!

YOU are the idiot. Seiously, name calling now. Really? hahaha!

This is so childish. And now I feel silly even replying! LOL!

Thursday, November 18, 2010, 4:40 AM

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I do not see the reference to doing something idiotic as name calling. I happen to agree with the poster that if you do not have the common sense to do the workouts at a level which you are capable of without injury then you should not be surprised when injury happens. You did it to yourself. We are adults and if we injur ourselves through sheer stupidity then we should be adult enough to know that we are the only ones to blame. Take a good look at what the poster has said. It makes sense and is CORRECT! Why do we always want to blame someone else when we did it to ourselves??? I too see this as pure STUPIDITY on our part. That is fact and not name calling. What is childish is for someone to completely miss the point and want to turn the post into something that it clearly is not.

Thursday, November 18, 2010, 11:17 AM

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