Jillian Michaels to L.A. Times: I'm No Fraud

| by Kate Wharmby Seldman

Celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels is furious with the Los Angeles Times for claiming she's a fraud.

In an op-ed piece published this week, writer and health expert James S. Fell says Michaels' new kettlebell workout DVD features poor technique and could possibly be dangerous.

He goes on to 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."

He then criticizes her qualifications as a trainer, saying she "obtained some introductory fitness certifications (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Assn. and Aerobics and Fitness Assn. of America) 17 years ago and does not seem to ever have recertified.

"The biography on her Web site goes on and on about her multimedia endeavors, but there is not a single mention of any health-and-fitness education or credentials."

Fell showed Michaels' kettlebell DVD to several fitness instructors, all of whom said Michaels' form on the DVD was wrong and could cause injuries.

Now Michaels is firing back. "I currently own two certifications, one of which doesn't expire," she told US Magazine. "I developed my own continuing education program for trainers, with sports medicine doctors. I've been a trainer since I was 17 years old, for 19 years."

Michaels says she's going to take legal action against the L.A. Times for its story. "They didn't do any of their homework. It's defamation. It's libel. It's full-on."