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Fitness personality Jillian Michaels to motivate audiences at Joliet’s Rialto Square Theatre

Jillian Michaels is scheduled to appear April 9 on the Rialto Square Theatre stage in Joliet.
Jillian Michaels is scheduled to appear April 9 on the Rialto Square Theatre stage in Joliet.

JOLIET – Give fitness personality Jillian Michaels two hours, she said in a recent interview, and there’s “nothing we can’t accomplish.”

That’s Michaels’ promise to anyone attending her “Maximize Your Life” show, scheduled for April 9 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet.

This event – part of Michaels’ first speaking tour that’s traveling to 34 cities across the country – will be different from the NBC television shows, “The Biggest Loser” and “Losing it with Jillian Michaels.”

What people don’t see, Michaels said, is the 10 hours of footage that isn’t aired, the behind-the-scenes work that ultimately influences weight loss. It’s that part the audience will see April 9 – and one Michaels relishes.

“I enjoy direct contact with the audiences,” she said, “and the ability to be unedited, unfiltered and uncensored.”

That’s because Michaels, who once battled excess weight herself, said she considers herself less of a fitness champion and more of a motivator and role model, one willing and eager to show others the steps required for people attain their dreams.

“The only difference between myself and the audience is that I was given this information at a young age,” Michaels said.

People need an awareness of one’s purpose, commitment to the hard work necessary to attain it and the belief it can be done, and that includes fitness programs, Michaels said.

“Anyone can change any aspect of one’s life,” Michaels said.

According to Michael’s website, Michaels’ 20-plus years of fitness experience has included owning and operating a sports medicine facility, working as a physical therapy aid and attaining 17 years of experience in the martial arts Muay Thai and Akarui-Do, in which she holds a black belt.

Since 1993, Michaels has held two personal training certificates from the United States’ leading certification programs. These are the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She also developed a continuing education series for AFAA trainers.

Also, according to her website, Michaels holds a nutrition and wellness consultant certificate with the American Fitness Professionals and Associates. She is Kettlebell Concepts certified. This is Michael’s brand of fitness. It may not be, she said, another’s concept of “fitness.”

This is why Michaels asks, “What does health look like in your life?” Once “health” is defined, Michaels shows people how to remove the obstacles and negative patterns blocking the way to health, such as “forgiving the past” and “moving past fear.”

“Fitness is just one tool for happier and healthier lives,” Michaels said.

Michaels also wants people to identify what satisfies them, as that will provide the motivation to not only lose weight but to keep it off, she said. Feeling stuck or unhappy? Michaels has been there, she said.

“Give me a chance to help you,” Michaels said.

Michaels’ passion, she said, lies with her family, as well as in her career: her television shows, her New York Times bestselling fitness books, her DVDs and her fitness contributions, according to her website, to the following charities: The American Cancer Society, Stand Up 2 Cancer, NFL Play 60 and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

“My work brings me tremendous amount of meaning,” Michaels said.

For individuals who can’t wait for her show Michaels’ “Maximize Your Life” show, Michaels’ website has information on routines, sample fitness and meal plans, apps and weight loss navigators.

However, during the show, be prepared to interact.

“I’ll be asking a lot of questions,” Michaels said.


If You Go
What: Jillian Michaels “Maximize Your Life” tour

When: 7:30 p.m. April 9

Where: The Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet

Tickets: $150 (includes meet and greet), $69.50, $49.50, $25

Etc: Recommended for ages 18 and older

Buy: Available at the Rialto box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, or charge at 800-745-3000.


Contact: 815-726-7171 (general) or 815- 726-6600 (box office)

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