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Michaels will advocate maximizing workouts, life in Pittsburgh stop

| Sunday, March 16, 2014, 9:20 p.m.
Personal trainer and TV personality Jillian Michaels has taken her message of happiness, success and goal attainment on the road.

Personal trainer and TV personality Jillian Michaels has taken her message of happiness, success and goal attainment on the road.

The “Maximize Your Life” tour stops March 19 at the Benedum Center, and Michaels promises to use her tough love training style to educate, entertain and empower.

“People will take away concrete goals that they are passionate about and emotionally connected to in conjunction with the tools to achieve those goals,” says Michaels, famed trainer on NBC's “The Biggest Loser,” New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur. “People will accomplish anything if they feel the goal is worth it, they are worth it, and they are capable of achieving it.”

Michaels, whose extensive line of workout programs and DVDs have helped many meet their weight-loss goals, says the biggest challenge most people have to overcome before achieving success is a deflated sense of self-worth.

“Most people feel undeserving and incapable, which of course couldn't be more wrong,” she says. “During the show, I teach them not only how to cultivate with and connect with their passion, but also where the origins of their defeating attitude and behaviors began and then subsequently give them the tools to start healing those old wounds and transform negative coping mechanisms and defense mechanisms into positive, life-affirming behaviors.”

Michaels says “The Biggest Loser” has helped show people “if there is a will, there is a way,” and that “weight loss is attainable by anyone.” That's a philosophy she's applying to her new partnership with Curves. Michaels helped revamp the women-only gym's fitness technique and appears in videos accompanying workouts at locations across the country.

“I love Curves for the following reasons: the workout is 30 minutes and there is no set schedule, so people can find the time to exercise,” she says. “They are affordable. They are accessible, with over 3,000 locations in North America. They have a coach on location to make sure everyone is training safely and efficiently.”

In addition to her Curves partnership, Michaels also is working on a clothing line with Kmart and possibly a healthy food line for Ralphs and Walgreens, she says. Her main focus right now, however, is her tour.

“I love a direct connection with the audience,” she says. “There is truly nothing more rewarding, and it's the most effective medium for helping someone to turn their lives around.”

Rachel Weaver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7948 or rweaver@tribweb.com.

Get the most out of your workout

Jillian Michaels offers tips for making sure you're exercising the best way possible:

• Work at 85 percent of your maximum heart rate

• Educate yourself on the workout or exercise you are performing, so you don't get hurt

• Take classes so you get the expertise of a professional guiding you without the crazy cost of a personal trainer

• Hydrate

• Always warm up with a five-minute cardio session and then cool down with static stretches

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