Kettlebell workouts effective but Jillian Michaels under fire

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Kettlebell workouts are a new trend in the health and fitness world, and workouts have proven extremely effective if done correctly.

The benefits of using kettlebells is huge. There is a great range of different exercises you can do with them and you’ll engage a variety of different muscle groups at once. Using kettlebells as part of your training regimen can help you see quick results while improving cardiovascular fitness and strength.

It is recommended that anyone trying kettlebells for the first time seek the guidance of a trained professional to avoid injuries. The issue is that improper form will not only hurt your results, but it could leave you with injuries.

Recently, celebrity trainer from The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels, has come under fire for her new training video for Kettlebells. According to the LA Times, Michaels is a fraud. They say “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.” That sure is a handful to take all at once.

Whether or not she’s a fraud, she’s helped a lot of people loose weight on TV and in person. Her level of expertise has been called into question. Many well known trainers have pointed out serious flaws in her technique. Mark Cheng, the chief instructor of Kettlebells Los Angeles, told The Times that Michaels’ technique is appalling.

The concern is that Michael’s will enable bad form and land people in the doctor’s office. So, before staring your next kettlebell workout, consult an experienced trainer and ask for their credentials. It’s important to be critical of your trainers to make sure you’re in trustworthy hands.

If you’re still a fan of Michael’s, a suggestion would be to find a trainer that can teach you good form before beginning Jillian’s program. Follow your instructors recommendations for form, and use Jillian Michael’s DVD as an in-home supplement which will help save money on expensive training sessions.

San Diego resident for over 10 years, I now call this beautiful city home. Originally from the Bay Area, I'm a California girl at heart. I love the outdoors, fitness, food, and a good craft beer (from San Diego of course).


  1. Tim

    October 16, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Or… instead of using her miserable DVDs… someone can invest in a DVD made by somebody who knows something about kettlebells that are much better, more effective, and about the same price… how about that? Why endorse a terrible product with a purchase?

  2. C

    November 11, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Loose? I assume you mean “lose”.

  3. Liz

    November 20, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I like the dvd myself… its a world full of choices, so do whatever works best for your fitness goal.

  4. A. Casey

    January 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Why would you use the exercise program of someone proven to have no knowledge of the subject, and not enough integrity to acquire knowledge on the subject.? Instead of getting instruction from a real, certified kettlebell instructor, who has the work ethic and honesty to learn kettlebell skills, then turm=ning around and doing the program of someone who is not only unskilled, but dangerous, how about just getting your program from that truly skilled person also? What makes the writer above think that Jillian’s program somehow makes sense even though her technique is the worst available? The world is indeed “full of choices.” The weak and injurious garbage in Jillian’s videos is not anywhere near “best” or even safe for anyone.

  5. Nick Ng

    January 11, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Pavel Tsatsouline, founder of, reintroduced KB training in the US in 1998 and has worked with physical therapist Gray Cook and RKC Brett Jones, who are with Functional Movement Systems. For the time and investment, you can look up a certified RKC instructor in your area under the website. The only RKC I know personally in southern CA is Dr. Mark Cheng of Santa Monica. Thank you, Anny, for sharing this.

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