Jillian Michaels: It’s Hard to Fit In Fitness

New mom Jillian Michaels, 39, covers the April issue of Fitness and opens up about her two children – daughter Lukensia, 3, and son Phoenix, 10 months – and the joys and challenges of motherhood.

On fitting in fitness: “I used to say, ‘If you’re going to exercise, then you do it, and you do it 100 percent. Now if I’ve got to answer emails while I work out on the StairMaster, well, then that’s what it is. People can rub my nose in it, because it is so hard — so hard — to take care of yourself when you’re a parent.” 

On her hectic schedule: “I get up at 7 a.m. — after being up all night with the baby — and run around trying to get both kids diaper-changed, dressed and fed. Finally I’ll shower, and before I know it, I’ve got 50 emails to answer, and I need to leave for work. At the end of the day, I come home, and I’m like, ‘Okay, let me bathe you, change you, feed you, read you books, put you to bed — wait, how am I supposed to do all this? Son of a b—-, this is hard!’” She adds: “Every day I tell myself how blessed I am … I can’t b—- about it, because this is what I wanted. I just thought I’d be able to manage it better. My new motto: As long as I’m winning more than I’m losing, I’m still winning!”

On the challenges of motherhood: “”Everything right now is ‘Lu do, Lu do.’ She wants to do everything herself, but it means you have to sit there for 20 minutes while she tries to put on a shirt. It kills me because I’ve got to go to work. [My partner] Heidi [Rhoades] gets mad at me: ‘How else is she going to learn how to put on her shirt?’ or ‘Don’t rush her, you’re rushing her!’ It makes me crazy, so I’ll just sit on the floor of the closet checking emails while Lu tries to figure out how to put on her shirt. It’s brutal, but I’m really trying. I guarantee it’s going to be their number one issue in therapy.”

On keeping her kids active: “It’s about finding things your kids love to do. Lu loves horses, so I take her to the stables, and she loves dancing, so I put music on and she dances around the house. We run on the beach with the dogs and take her out to ride her tricycle. We just have a healthy lifestyle — we play! The baby is too young, but I have visions of our doing Brazilian jujitsu and capoeira together. Or maybe he’ll want to take ballet, and that’s OK, too.“

For more from Jillian, go to Fitness

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Seems like motherhood has brought her down to reality. Its actually nice to see her being so vulnerable and imperfect. Its not easy being a parent, but don’t beat yourself up. You seem to being doing very well and have a great supportive partner.


Despite the changes to her routine and taking it down a notch or two, she looks as “hard core” as ever — her appearance hasn’t changed at all.


I’m actually glad to see this side of her. I spent many days cursing her from my living room floor while trying to get in shape with a three year old climbing on my back. It’s nice to see this realistic view.