Servicemembers from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing pose for a photo with Celines Toribio, Jillian Michaels, and Marco Borges June 10 in Southwest Asia. Ms. Michaels, Mrs. Toribio and Mr. Borges were apart of the first USO Fitness Tour. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Anthony Graham)
Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels leads a workout session for members of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing June 9 in Southwest Asia. Ms. Michaels was part of the first USO Fitness Tour. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Anthony Graham)
Servicemembers from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing participate in a workout session put on by Marco Borges and Jillian Michaels June 9 in Southwest Asia. Mr. Borges is the personal trainer for music performers Jay-Z and Beyonce. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Anthony Graham)
by Senior Airman Necole Mullens
379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
6/12/2011 - SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Celebrity health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels visited the base June 9-11 to meet servicemembers, tour the base, and conduct 60-minute bootcamp-style workout sessions as part of the USO Fitness Tour.
In addition to Ms. Michaels, a former "The Biggest Loser" co-trainer, the tour included celebrities such as fitness guru Marco Borges and media personality Celines Toribio.
Some servicemembers said that working out celebrity-style was more than what they bargained for.
"The workout was extremely difficult," said Master Sgt. Glenn Maddock, Combined Air Operation Center liaison officer. "We're always making fun of the guys on The Biggest Loser and let me tell you those guys are no joke. If they make it through 30 minutes with her, they can make it through anything."
The trainers, in turn, were impressed by the efforts of the servicemembers and the mission they complete daily.
"I have a newfound level of respect," Mr. Borges said. "Not that I ever took what you guys do for granted but it's just the amazing attitude, the personalities, the inspiration, the dedication, the passion that you guys work with is something to really be admired. It's a great feeling to be here. I'm honored."