Reviewer: Helen Jones
Jillian Michaels is known as a fitness trainer and television personality from American TV prograammes The Biggest Loser and Losing It With Jillian. In both she worked with members of the public who wanted to lose weight. A fair percentage of her current tour as a motivational speaker is about that, but thankfully not all of it.
However this form of self help motivational speaking is an American event which like many American ideas are now finding an audience in the UK. Michaels taps into this by bringing her motivational tour Maximise Your Life over here.
Unfortunately starting half an hour later than advertised, with no explanation, and running a show of just over two hours with no interval, is more likely to alienate than motivate your audience. However once the show finally started, she was rapturously received by the predominantly female audience.
Her message is simple, and she admits that. Eat less. Move more. Motivate yourself. You will end up thinner, healthier and happier. Unfortunately she pushes this message about being healthier by not eating food with additives and regular exercise even if you hate it (as she does apparently) repetitively. You’ve heard it all before and she makes sure you hear it all again – albeit with a healthy dose of swearing and a smile. These sections come under two headings: Science and Sweat. Science being the body and the workings of the amount of calories needed, Sweat being the physical activity to burn up those additional calories. She even enlists her younger sister as an assistant.
The longest part of the show, entitled Self, is about motivating oneself to achieve what you want, whether in your personal life or career-wise. Here Miss Michaels extolls the virtue of self motivation to decide what you want, why you want it and then moving forward to achieve it. She even admits that it isn’t easy but that staying still is akin to the worst case scenario happening anyway. Much of what she speaks is simply common sense, although making a virtue of being selfish in order to achieve what you want is rather narrow minded when the majority of people have other obligations.
I’m sure that Miss Miichaels is motivated by wanting to help people rather than simply adding to her already multi-million dollar business. But you are left wondering that despite the enthusiastic yes from many members of the audience to the question about starting that change tomorrow, how many will actually simply never get aaround to it.
Reviewed on 22nd January 2015