Jillian Michaels said she let her guard down and got COVID from a friend

Friends don’t let friend work out without a mask.
Published September 9, 2020 11:54 a.m. EST
Last Updated September 13, 2020 12:00 a.m. EST
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Jillian Michaels has revealed that she has recovered from COVID-19. The celebrity trainer says that after letting her guard down temporarily and spending time with a friend without wearing a mask, she contracted the disease. For those who need a refresher, that’s Dwayne Johnson, Jillian Michaels, Idris Elba and Daniel Dae Kim who have all tested positive for COVID. Being extremely muscular and healthy will not stop coronavirus. Wear your mask, wash your hands, and stay six feet apart even while getting swole.In a new interview with Fox Business, Michaels says that she was working out with a friend whom she trusted and was exposed to COVID. “I actually am a person who let my guard down, I haven’t even spoken about this publicly really, and a very close friend of mine gave me COVID several weeks ago," said Michaels. “I literally let my guard down for an hour with one of my best friends who does my hair and makeup and got it. I had no idea I had it for six days. My friend had no idea she had it when she gave it to me.”[video_embed id='2028877']RELATED: Canada’s COVID-19 numbers are on the rise again. Should we be worried?[/video_embed]The trainer said that she and her friend were working out together in a gym and neither were wearing masks. “Anticipate that you will likely get it in an environment like that,” said Michaels. “If you are afraid of COVID, you should not go to the gym.”The fitness guru said that being healthy when she contracted the disease likely helped shorten her recovery time. “I’m fortunate to have gone into it being healthy and I was able to get on the other side of it pretty quick, but not everyone is that lucky as we know," said Michaels. "All I can tell you is if you are afraid of getting COVID, a public gym is probably a place where you will get it."Michaels was appearing on Fox Business to discuss her fitness app, which provides free daily seven-minute workouts that people can do from the comfort of their own home. Michaels said that since quarantine began, business for her at-home workout app has gone up 30 percent. “All transparency, you don’t need these pieces of equipment to work out at home,” said Michaels, acknowledging the price gouging and limited availability of things like free weights and stationary bikes that has rocked the fitness market since quarantine began in March. “I know they’re hard to get and I know they’ve gone up in cost exponentially. You have your own body weight and you can use it in a million different ways literally to get a superior workout.”This may be the first time that COVID has been used as a marketing tool, but Michaels’ story will likely inspire at least a few followers to keep their gym memberships on hold even as facilities begin to slowly reopen. The fitness industry is one of many that has been devastated by COVID. Indoor facilities have been trying to impose physical distancing, reduced capacity levels, and strict sanitizing schedules, but even with many gyms making a concerted effort to provide a safe space for customers, many members continue to feel safer with at-home workouts.[video_embed id='2030588']BEFORE YOU GO: Everything you need to know about the second wave of COVID-19[/video_embed]