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Jillian Michaels Plays Up Incredible Abs in Us Weekly Photo Shoot: Go Behind the Scenes!

No pain, no gain! Jillian Michaels has made a name for herself as a fitness guru on The Biggest Loser, where she’s whipped contestants into shape for 12 seasons. As she revealed during a photo shoot for her sexy spread in Us Weekly‘s Body Issue, however, she doesn’t actually like working out.

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“When I’m at the gym, feeling nauseous, with burning quads, I’m not going, ‘Oh, this is heaven!'” the L.A.-based trainer, 40, joked with Us. “But the payoff is worth it.”

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The trick, Michaels said, is to keep your eye on the prize and remember why you started to work out in the first place. “Maybe you want to be a better role model for your kids, or to wear a two-piece instead of a one-piece,” the mom of daughter Lukensia, 4, and son Phoenix, 2 (with partner Heidi Rhoades), told Us. “But no reason is too superficial.”

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Michaels’ reason? “I would give anything to have a booty that a rapper sings about,” she admitted. “I swear, that’s my dream. You just feel sexier with a firm ass.” 

Watch the video above to see outtakes from the exercise pro’s Us Weekly shoot!

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