"Are you going to work out with us today?" asked the cheerful woman at the front desk. I didn't know I had the option to do otherwise, I thought, seeing as I was at an event-space-turned-gym to sweat myself silly under the tutelage of The Biggest Loser's star trainer/screamer, Jillian Michaels.
Unfortunately (or thankfully), I wasn't at the gym for a one-on-one with Michaels, and I wasn't at a typical gym, either. I was at Curves, the women's-only gym, which was launching a partnership with Michaels.
Since most of what I knew about Michaels was limited to her time on The Biggest Loser and her status as a bisexual mom of two, I found her partnership with Curves a little strange. Curves is a company known for emphasizing their history of focusing on healthy weight loss. The premise of The Biggest Loser, however, is a different matter. The show encourages contestants to lose lots of weight; the contestant who loses the largest percentage of their body weight gets a big cash prize. Since its creation, the competition has led some participants to develop very unhealthy habits. In 2009, Jillian Michaels told the New York Times that these instances were not what the program was about, calling them "the dark side of the show":