Jillian Michaels Takes The Heat

Jillian Michaels was recently interviewed. During that interview she made it clear that she is not one to sugar coat success: "Manage your own expectations. Pick a goal from the heart. And don't shield your ego from the inevitable hits. Here, more of her game-changing advice."

By Anna Chapman Published on October 18, 2016.

"This has been a tough year," noted Michaels, 42. Perhaps the toughness of the year was attributable to juggling her latest book, Yeah Baby!: The Modern Mama's Guide to Mastering Pregnancy, Having a Healthy Baby, and Bouncing Back Better Than Ever ($16; amazon.com); her latest DVD, 10-Minute Body Transformation; and her live show, An Evening with Jillian, which tours this spring. Or perhaps it had something to do with the fact that she and her fiancée, Heidi Rhoades, are now busy raising their daughter Lukensia and son Phoenix.

Below is a transcript of some of the questions and answers provided by Julian during her recent interview:

You have a new book about pregnancy. What's your best advice for bouncing back after pregnancy—or another hiatus, like an injury or the holidays?

The key is not to take a hiatus. But a hiatus also needs to be redefined. A lot of people look at it as letting it all go. No. It's asking, "What is it that you can control?" We can always control what we consume, so that's a massive piece of the pie. And the other key is to be proactive. My rotator cuff is blown out? OK, I'm gonna be doing step-ups and squats. It's a mentality we have—especially in America—of all or nothing, black or white. We're like, "If I can't do something 100 percent, I'm out."

Why do you think that is, that we're often so all or nothing with our health?

Because the gray area in life is the most challenging, on an emotional and a psychological level. That's where you have to process the good and the bad of everything; that's where the feelings exist. The middle is the answer to everything. If somebody asked me, "What is the secret of life?" I would say, "Middle."

And if someone didn't keep up their fitness during a hiatus?

If you have thrown it all away, the great news is, yeah, tomorrow's a new day—but it's a longer road with a steeper pitch. So if you want to bounce back better than ever, it has to be managed during the hiatus: You have to eat a certain way, sleep enough, and maintain a certain level of fitness.

If you could go back and give advice to your 20-year-old self, what would you say?

First would be legal advice. Because I promise you that if you become successful in any area, you're gonna get bullets shot in your direction. But it's interesting: When I was 20, we worshipped the Maria Shrivers and Suze Ormans and Diane Sawyers. But now, with the younger generation, sometimes I think to myself, "I've swam in this ocean, kid. I know where all the sharks are. Why would you not want help?" On one project, I talked with a girl who said, "I have questions about this and am open to help." Other people I got on the phone with were just so arrogant and unaware, and I was like, "Ugh, you have no idea what's coming." The millennial generation is as black-and-white as it gets: Yes, there are definitely kids out there who have a sense of entitlement, but I also see some who are unbelievably diligent and inspired and saving the planet.