She’s a woman who talks in numbers– Jillian Michaels is the motivation behind many transformed lives and enhanced body images. One of the toughest American trainers, this woman has no qualms about looking quirky & giving what it takes. She only knows how to train mean and boy, she can derive results. From the famous TV show ‘The Biggest Loser’ to our laptop screens, Jillian has guided millions to achieve their desired results. And if we have to say one thing about her sense of humor in between those sweaty challenges, we would say, she is unapologetically witty. Her only muse is to help her subjects achieve their ideal body image in the shortest & the most effective way possible. In her words,
“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable”
if you have watched one of her DVDs, TV shows or followed her on social media, you would know what she means by this statement. And once again, she brings some steadfast moves through her social media profile for the advance body workers.
Statutory Warning: These moves might look easy and doable, but do not let your eyes fool you. These are super advanced moves and should be performed only when you consider yourself a seven or eight on a scale of 10 when it comes physical endurance & performance levels. Happy Sweating!
1. Twisting Hero Pushups
Jillian says: “Challenge time! This one doesn’t look that bad, but trust me, it’s a killer. Start with a regular Chattarunga push up, then progress to this bad boy. Send me snaps people!”
Fabfit says: Full pushups are challenging move! Not anymore, especially after witnessing the Twisting Hero Pushups move, we can proudly say that Jillian has raised the bar above the line. A total body fat blaster, this comprehensive move takes into account both the upper body as well as the lower body. The pushup works the upper body & the core and the twist works the oblique, quadriceps and the buns. Target the entire body by adding a few of these in your everyday workout regimes.
2. Wide Pushup Frog Thrusters
Jillian says: “Another insane pushup for this week’s challenge move. Until you have the power to add the plyo for upper body just jack out the feet and leave the hands in place.”
Fabfit says: Definitely an insane move, Wide Pushup with frog thrusters can test your core and arm strength along with testing your balance. Yet again, a full body move, the pushup work the obvious muscles, whereas, the frog thrusters deal with your lower body in a challenging way. The plyo action can take away the concentration & sway the lower back. It is advised to hold the core as tight as possible to overcome the chances of backache.
3. Single Arm Drive & Press
Jillian says: “As promised, your weekly challenge move: Single Arm Drive and Press. Start with no weight till you’ve mastered the movement. The key to this is to tuck your tail bone, squeeze your glutes, keep your core tight and drive into the ball with your lats.”
Fabfit says: Seriously, managing a swiss ball is tough enough on its own. To help it stabilize on the floor to give you this kind of support, it would take some mojo, phew! The move requires a great deal of core strength as the core carries out most of the upward motion with some support from the elbow of the resting hand. If this move comes out to be too challenging to perform, we will not be surprised!
4. Forearm Pushup
Jillian says: “Here we go! This month’s challenge moves are all crazy pushup variations. Take a look at this bad boy. Send me a video once you’ve nailed it! USE YOUR CORE”
Fabfit says: This pushup variation is a mixture of three moves: a regular pushup, a regular plank and a forearm plank. These hybrid moves are great as they target multiple muscle groups and offer a refined shape to the body. This move might look easier in comparison to others, but a few moves in a row and you will start feeling the burn.
5. Rock and Roll Pistol Squat
Jillian says: “Some of my advanced athletes have been asking me to post “challenge moves”. Careful what you wish for. I’ll put 1 up a week for you. Start with a Rock N Roll Pistol Squat 😉 To make it easier you can use your hands on the ground when rolling back and pressing up.”
Fabfit says: So, this is where it all started. Jillian genie granted us one of the most challenging squat with a rock & roll move. The downward movement with one leg up in the air takes some quadriceps muscle strength, along with working the resting leg’s knee. Get ready to kick your butt with this potent move. What’s your inspiration? Skinny Jeans or Booty shorts?
Let us know through your comments what challenges you faced with these moves. If you want more of Jillian Michaels, you can find her on Instagram and Facebook, in just a few clicks.