Learning From Jillian Michaels

By: Jillian Michaels

No fluff - just the straight facts from TV trainer Jillian Michaels With her straightforward, motivating style, she makes over physiques and in turn, changes lives. Read Michaels fool-proof ways to build your physique and shed the pounds while boosting your metabolism. Follow these steps properly and you'll lose the fat,gain the muscule and end up a big winner!
Scorch Fat
To begin with, you want to get your heart beat up and zap those pesky calories. After you start exercising, you'll burn off the glucose in your muscles, but then, after about 20 to 30 minutes you'll start dipping into your fat stores. Michaels favors circuit training, because it's a great way to work every muscle in your body while keeping your heart rate raised. In her "Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism" workout, which is part of the two-DVD, Ultimate Body Makeover Series on Exercise TV, Michaels guides viewers through seven six-minute high-intensity circuits. There's no rest in between circuits, and you're constantly moving, Michaels says. For an upper body circuit workout, try Jillian's Armed and Dangerous.
"You won't get bored or even have much time to think. I try to pick people up in a tornado of energy so they don't have a second to think or doubt themselves. Before you know it, the workout is over, and you feel good," Michaels says.
At the very least you should be doing this routine twice a week. In a perfect world, you'd do this circuit workout four to five times a week. In general, you should get at least four to five hours of exercise a week, with two days of rest slotted in between," Michaels says.
Using Your Own Weight
"Target toning doesn't work on it's own; you have to shed body fat," Michaels says. "You also have to condition the underlying muscles, so that when the fat comes off, you can see them."
In Michaels' No More Trouble Zones DVD workout, she makes sure to target and strengthen the typical tough spots, like triceps and thighs, while also incorporating cardio work to blast calories and fat. Try Jillian's Top to Bottom.
Like many of Michaels' workouts, No More Trouble Zones features body-weight exercise circuits, to hit every muscle group while pushing the limits. "In general I like exercises where you use your own body weight. You can do these exercises anywhere, at any time of day, and it's a great way to keep your body lean and functional," Michaels says. "Incorporate things like lunges, squats and push-ups into any workout." Michaels loves Burpees, as they rev your heart rate, delivering a total body cardio boost. To test your lower body limits, try Jillian's Lean and Mean Leg Workout (link to Lean and Mean Leg mini workout).
Clean Up Your Diet
A common mistake by new fitness buffs is negating the effects of exercising with poor eating habits. If you can eat sensibly, count your calories, you can see effects in just 2 weeks!
Don't get too fancy with the food. Micheals says to be sensible and eat clean, whole foods. "Eat lean, organic proteins, whole grains and fresh veggies and fruit. Steer clear of processed foods, and curb your alcohol intake," Michaels says.
Stay Jazzed
If you're not following with one of Michaels' videos, she suggests creating an energizing playlist, to boost your mood. "It's about creating an environment of energy for yourself," Michaels says.
Michaels also suggests envisioning exactly what you plan to look like when you reach your fitness goals. "Keep a picture in mind of what you're working out for," Michaels says. "Sometimes working out isn't pleasurable, so think about the rewards. See yourself in that dress, with your hair how you want it with all the details."
Keep following her advice and in no time you'll get the physique you want.

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