Fitness Star Jillian Michaels Attacks CrossFit – Brooke Ence Fires Back!

"Kipping...Where I come from that's called cheating, using momentum to do a repetition."

Jillian Michaels is a 44-year-old American personal trainer, businesswoman, author and television personality from Los Angeles, California. Michaels is best known for her appearances on NBC, particularly The Biggest Loser.

“I have a few issues with CrossFit, which is not a secret. First of all, you’ve got what, maybe 20 to 25 movements that don’t really vary? And you’re doing them over and over and over again. So on one hand it stops being effective because you’re not challenging the body from various angles of push and pull, with different varieties of exercises and different types of movements that work different modalities.”

“And I know CrossFit (athletes say), ‘Oh, we work all the modalities!’ — but no, not really, so shouldn’t you choose a workout that has a little bit more flexibility and strength so you get more mobility, not just power, which is speed and strength.”

“A little agility work, maybe some endurance training,” she said. “So that you’re training in a more balanced way, to keep the body changing and keep your training more holistic by hitting all modalities of fitness.”

Jillian Michaels also wrote an article last year for Shape entitled “Why Jillian Michaels Wants You to Stop Kipping in CrossFit.” After Shape recently reposted the video above, many Crossfitters took a stand against her ill informed viewpoint. 

Brooke Ence

“Needing to stay relevant so she needs to create controversy. Honestly I feel bad for her, whoever fed her the Information about what is CrossFit did not do their homework and in turn made her look like a complete moron.”

Lindsay Broekel

“@shape why would we bother? Why would we give you the content? I’m pretty sure you’re aware of “our” feelings. I could tell you how @crossfit changed my life. How it helped me to get over the final hump of being done with anorexia and body dysmorphia by showing me that I’d rather be strong than skinny. And how it exposed me to the sport of @usa_weightlifting that I now compete in nationally. How about you feature @crossfit now and let them defend their position. Maybe even have @jillianmichaels there and let’s get a little debate going. Crossfitters probably have 25 different ways they walk on their hands nevermind 25 different movements…. 🤦🏼‍♀️.”

Todd Wise (Brute Strength)

“We do train the start and finish position (isometric holds) the dynamic range (eccentric and concentric) the whole time focusing on holding and building midline stabilization (protecting the spine). We build strength and stability in these once and athlete shows proper mechanics and consistency of those mechanics we will add intensity meaning (reps, load, or speed) if needed to create more adaptation. Any Level 1 trainer has learned these.”

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