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Jillian Michaels nude photos: 40 never looked so good

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If there is any doubt that Jillian Michaels is not in tip-top shape, then a glance at the nude photos of the famous trainer currently under the cover of the July issue of "Shape" magazine ought to quiet any and all doubters. Even on the cover, where the fitness guru keeps clothing at a minimum, she sports some firm abs as well. At 40 years of age, "The Biggest Loser" trainer is toned and sexy and confident that she looks better now than she did in her 20s and 30s.

Fox News reported June 18 that Michaels told the magazine that she has gained wisdom, and that held a "more intrinsic type of beauty." Because, as noted, the woman's physical beauty is not in question. Not at all. By just about any standard, Jillian Michaels is the epitome of feminine pulchritude.

This is Michaels' fourth "Shape" cover.

She turned 40 in February.

"I won't lie," Michaels admitted, according to the Daily Mail. "This birthday was hard. I thought, 'Oh, my God, am I halfway through my life?' Buy when I think back on my 20s and 30s, I look better now than I ever have."

"It's important for women to have overall strength, because when you feel physically powerful, it transcends into every facet of your life," she said. "My best reason for having strong arms is because I love to pick up my kids."

She has two children, both under the age of five. She shares parenting duties with Heidi Rhoades, her partner.

In the magazine, she shares tips on toning one's entire body. "My abs are the best part of my body. I know I'm lucky because when I'm in decent shape overall they tend to get toned very quickly," she says, according to the Daily Mail. She adds that her best exercise for abs are planks including side, extended and imbalanced planks.

In a "Behind The Scenes" interview (see above video) with "Shape," Michaels stayed true to her straightforward self when talking about fitness, insisting people should stay away from the "cultish mentality" of following fad diet plans.

"It's very common sense," she says. "Eat less food. Move more often. Eat better quality food. Find something you love to do when comes to fitness and do more of it."

Michaels also says that her goal for her audience -- regardless of whether the medium is books, DVDs, or "The Biggest Loser" -- is to "create awareness that you are living far below your potential and your capability." She says that when people question why they live as they do and uncover what makes them contribute to their own dissatisfaction, she then can help provide "tools and skillsets to turn those things around."

Jillian Michaels just completed her Maximize Your Life Tour, a motivational series tour around the country designed to help others whip themselves into shape, and is also hard at work developing on a line of fitness apparel with Kmart.

"The Biggest Loser" returns for its sixteenth season this September on NBC Television.

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