The first half of the title refers to NBC's new, and short-lived I hope, series. The latter half is what I think has happened to the network's executives and way too many television viewers. Last night was the debut of the show I warned you all about awhile back. The concept is to have some people, vying for their 15 seconds of fame and 15 minutes of shame, allow Jillian Michaels to come into their home and inflict her style of coaching upon them to rid them of obesity and its health problems. As typical of most "weight loss reality TV," the show did a disservice to the fitness training industry. Thanks Jillian, Chad Bennett, Kelia Tandiff, and Will Ebrecht.
From the start, Ms. Michaels once again proved she's more of an actor than she is a fitness professional. Her first contact with the family, an obese mom, dad, adult son, and a grown daughter with her own set of personal issues, is a phone call telling them to meet her at the fitness center in 20 minutes. Naturally the family was eating when they got her call. What a coincidence, huh? As soon as they meet, Jillian starts putting them through a workout unsuitable for people in their condition. Jumping jacks as a warm up? Not for people with over 40% body fat who haven't been exercising since who knows when? Jillian should know better, especially since she got the report from one of the show's doctors about the family's horrible conditions. So much for proper exercise progression.
Later on Jillian squirms with glee and laughs like a hyena at the Frankenstein-like creation she has made, while the wife yells and screams at her husband during a workout. Just like Jillian.
One tip I wish this show and The Biggest Loser would follow: use treadmills that have a safety key feature, or use safety harnesses! I know I'm tired of the network making fun of overfat people having treadmill mishaps.
Of course, just like on The Biggest Loser, there were plenty of tears, mainly due to emotional stresses that are not part of the scope of practice for a fitness trainer. Instead of sending them for the proper professional help, Jillian herself cured them all, right on camera. And just in time for the daughter's wedding, which NBC paid for.
So there you have it. Let me be the first to say, if you've seen one episode of Losing It with Jillian Michaels, you've seen them all. Different people, different details, same everything else. With shows like this one popping up regularly, while a great comedy like Better Off Ted gets canceled, I really think most of the TV exec's have really lost it.
Did you watch Losing It? What do you think? Do you find shows like this informative, entertaining, or harmful? Comments and opinions are welcomed.