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Jillian Michaels adds indoor cycling to her fitness-guru empire

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The economy might be spinning, but Jillian Michaels is putting her money where her very vocal mouth is: "The Biggest Loser" alum is investing in an indoor cycling operation that puts the instructor front and center for everyone to see -- and hear.

Michaels will help open a new branch of the New York-based fitness outfit Flywheel Sports next month in Chicago -- there's a branch in Boca Raton, Fla., as well -- as the company takes a ride into the national arena.

The trainer said she was lured by "the authenticity and athleticism behind the brand."

Flywheel gives each rider real-time stats on the bike, allowing for in-studio competition among riders and Web-based access to individual performance over time. "I wanted to be part of the most innovative and effective indoor cycling program," Michaels said.

She'll take an inaugural ride Aug. 9 in Chicago alongside Flywheel co-founder Ruth Zukerman. Much like Michaels, Zukerman is seen as a guru of sorts by fans: The former stay-at-home mom got into the biz as she worked through a crushing divorce, now passing along her determination to her students.

(Any bets on who'll win that "in-studio competition"? The Ministry is not playing favorites at this point -- mostly because we're too intimidated, and concerned about revealing that possibly dusty low-tech recumbent bike lurking in the dining room.)

Alas, despite those bikes-versus-Jet Blue lessons of "Carmageddon," Flywheel for the time being remains a sort of fitness unicorn in Michaels' hometown.

Not for long, however: Rumor has it the company is determined to roll into L.A. next year. Maybe in time for Carmageddon, Round 2?

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Photo: Fan Sandy Johnson with Jillian Michaels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in April. Credits: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times


Anna Kournikova signs on as ‘Biggest Loser’ trainer

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Anna Kournikova just landed a new job -- as a trainer on "The Biggest Loser." Can the tennis star possibly crack the weight-loss whip like exiting fan favorite Jillian Michaels? We're about to find out.

As Michaels said her final goodbye during the Season 11 finale on Tuesday (she plans to take time off to start a family), Kournikova made her new role official. Now she's hoping her many years of training as a pro will translate to the "Biggest Loser" ranch.

"The mind is a powerful thing," she said on the show. "You can make things happen if you want them bad enough. I know all about discipline, strength, conditioning, commitment. This is my chance to give back. This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and now I'm going to teach the contestants everything I know."

The Russian-born athlete, 29, must have made quite an impression in Season 10 when she came on the show to teach the contestants cardio tennis. Watch the clip below to get a little taste of Kournikova's training style.

And in case you missed it, Olivia Ward was officially named the Season 11 "Biggest Loser" on the live show. The 35-year-old lost 129 pounds, just enough to beat her sister, Hannah Curlee, 32, for the $250,000 win. Her lil' sis only shed 120 pounds. For more, read the full recap over at our sister blog Show Tracker.

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Jillian Michaels is leaving "The Biggest Loser," Show Tracker reports, but fans have one more season to get their fix before the high-profile, hardcore trainer attempts to get in touch with her inner mommy.

Michaels said on Twitter that she'd make Season 11, which starts in January and is the last on her contract, her final tour with the show. She left once before, in 2006, but returned in 2007. This time she'll take a year off from TV, she said Tuesday, to "focus on becoming a mommy and doing more charity work."

The woman who in the May 2010 Women's Health declared a desire to adopt also told a Twitter follower, "Shooting Losing It also had big impact on me. Living with kids I saw first hand what I was missing." In the summer series "Losing It With Jillian," Michaels moved in with families for a week each and helped them change their habits and lives.

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