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Jillian Michaels Takes on the Dad Bod With New ‘My Health’ App

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Jillian Michaels is not afraid to claim her crown as "queen" for quick and effective training.

"I'm kind of an OG when it comes to the 20-minute training session. I released a DVD called 30 Day Shred 15 years ago," says Michaels Muscle & Fitness. "Everyone did 45 minutes, one hour. That was it 20 minutes. It's the best-selling DVD ever since it was the first to do 20-minute workouts – and it got results. "

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The personal trainer and popular TV personality of the fans continues to be successful as she adapts her approach to the times and now uses the latest technologies with her popular My Fitness app. With the digital tool, Michaels can create highly personalized plans and optimize the training based on factors such as the goals, needs and experience level of a user.

"Until recently, you could do great training with this technology, but you couldn't personalize it," says Michaels. “With the app, I can transfer the science of fitness and the science of nutrition to the individual. You can come to me and say, "I am a beginner. I am an advanced athlete. I have no equipment. I have these three pieces of equipment," she adds. "Based on their needs, their goals, who they are, where they start what they like, what they don't like, what they have access to – I can basically train them personally with the app. "

The adjustment also extends to nutrition, as Michaels worked with registered dietitians and chefs to create meal plans for every type of eater.

"If you're vegan or – I don't love keto – but if you're keto or omnivorous or pescitarian, I can take the simple science of nutrition and say, okay, that much you have to eat based on your goal," Michaels says .

In addition, the My Fitness app offers premium programs to achieve certain training goals. One of them should pique the interests of busy fathers who need to sweat quickly to get in shape, as it is designed to "father" your body. Don't you know if you have a father? Let Michaels break it.

"It's like newbie 15 for dads," she says, noting how daddy's boys "get a little soft" and tend to have problem areas like love handles. "It can be anywhere from 15 to 30 pounds depending on how tall the guy is."

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The Dad-Bod program follows the same approach as the app's other workouts, always taking user goals into account while using the most efficient exercises.

"No matter who you are, when you try to slim down, there are certain techniques that can do that," says Michaels. "Things like strength training and HIIT intervals, circuit training."

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All programs in the app also incorporate recovery and rest days into the equation. Aspects of the training that Michaels sees as often overlooked by other programs and trends.

"Here I really think that many of these workout trends, as much as people don't want to hear the truth, make a mistake for me in this particular area," says Michaels.

The fitness star offers CrossFit as an example of a trend that is "simply not responsible" when it comes to rest and relaxation.

"I once saw the founder of the movement talk about muscle splitting and how it didn't make sense. You use your back every day and why don't you train it every day," says Michaels. "It's like you don't hurt it every day. Sport is an injury, especially something as intense as Crossfit."

"I have nothing against crossfit training," she adds, "if it is an excellent trainer who is familiar with Olympic lifts and does not have weekend certification."

Based on her research, Michaels recommends dividing the training into functions, "hammering a muscle group really, really intensively twice a week" and giving them "at least two days of relaxation between training this muscle group".

"I've found that twice a week is enough, more, you start getting compromised results, which we consider overtraining," says Michaels. "Our level of physical performance is compromised and we are not maximizing recovery so you can injure yourself."

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Can I get feedback please? Working on a video for the app homepage. My whole team is driving me crazy with notes Need a consensus

Posted by Jillian Michaels (@jillianmichaels) on January 22, 2020 at 11:21 am PST

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