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Have we all lost it?

I losing-it-jillian-michaelswant to preface this note by saying that I am a “Dream Maker” not a dream breaker. I am not a hater. I am a congratulater. I just started watching NBCs Losing it with Jillian. I caught it on demand. I watch the Biggest Loser and that’s why this show sparked my interest. The premise of the show is that trainer, Jillian Michaels, goes to live with a family for a week in an attempt to assist with them living healthier lifestyle.

In about 5 minutes after her arrival she takes them outside to perform some really intense exercise. She has these out of shape people flipping tires, swinging huge mallets, sprinting and even pulling tractors. One of the high school age boys starts vomiting because he can’t take the intensity of the workout. Jillian jumps out of a wheelbarrow to go and observe. (She’s in the wheelbarrow because the out of shape mother is pulling her in it.) Next she is chastising the boy berating him over the all the bacon he ate that morning which he is now throwing up. She is actually celebrating his suffering.

In the following scene she is chastising the father who has had eleven heart procedures and is too sick to participate in the exercise. She taunts him saying, “Well if you took better care of yourself you could do this too.”

At this point I shut the T.V. off. I just can’t take it anymore. As a fitness pro for over 15 years I find this insulting and offensive. I am truly in fear that America will start to believe that this is what fitness training is all about. Well, I am here to tell you that it surely is not. This is what it is…unethical! To take anyone who is deconditioned and begin their training with advanced intense exercise at a minimum is dangerous and potentially lethal.

Let’s make this perfectly clear. This “works” only in the boundaries of T.V. land. in the real world, people don’t make changes this way. This type of process gets them hurt, injured and discouraged. Am I here to berate Jillian Michaels? Definitely not. Maybe she really believes in what she does. However, I will strongly attest to the fact that outside of the confines of “Hollyweird” most people with intact self esteem would not stand for this type of abuse. Even if clients would stand for abuse that doesn’t mean trainers should abuse them. This is referred to as unethical. Unfortunately it makes for compelling television.

Reality T.V. has shown us that people will do just about anything to become famous. It has also demonstrated that American viewers have a penchant for the extreme. This is all well and fine, but let’s not get it twisted and attempt to blur the line between true reality (not reality T.V.) and fantasy. Making changes takes appropriate time, effort and motivation. It is an incremental process that is the result of consistent steps. Can dramatic change occur? Sure, but this only results from the accelerated progress of those consistent steps. The truth is no one can defy that… not even Jillian Michaels.

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Posted by Tony Books Avilez    Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010

Categories: Health & Fitness

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