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Jillian Michaels slammed by fitness specialist James S. Fell

10/13/2010 by Corinne Heller

Jillian Michaels in a promotional photo for 'The Biggest Loser'. (Photo courtesy of NBC) Jillian Michaels, a tough fitness coach on the weight-loss reality series The Biggest Loser, has been dubbed an "actress" with "unsafe" training practices by strength and conditioning specialist James S. Fell in a scathing opinion article in the Los Angeles Times.

Michaels, who also has her own show, Losing It With Jillian and recently released her new DVD Shred-It With Weights!, is "considering legal action against the publication and demands a retraction," her spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com, adding that the information printed in the article was "erroneous".

"Michaels is not actually a real fitness trainer - she's an actress playing the role of fitness trainer on TV and in a line of popular DVDs," Fell wrote. "Typical viewers think she's great, yet the collective jaws of professional trainers hit the floor after witnessing her regular displays of poor technique and unsafe training practices."

Fell, who dubs himself a certified strength and conditioning specialist, questioned Michaels' fitness certifications and says a weight loss promise seen on the cover of her Shred-It With Weights DVD, which features workouts that require a kettlebell or a single hand weight, is unrealistic.

"Lose 5 pounds a week?" he said. "Sure, if you start off weighing more than a Smart Car."

In February, Jude Howe, a trainer from Texas, posted a YouTube video criticizing Michaels' kettle bell movements.

Michaels raised some controversy in April, when she said she would prefer to adopt a baby rather than get pregnant due to "body issues", but added pregnancy is admirable and selfless.


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