The Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper on CrossFit
Bob Harper is one of the most interesting CrossFit athletes in the world. Not just because he’s won various awards but also because of his involvement with many celebrities in their weight loss training. This celebrity fitness coach regularly appeared on the famous American reality TV series, The Biggest Loser in 2015, replacing Alison Sweeney.
Trainer to the Stars
In the past, he was the personal trainer of many stars including American actress Jennifer Jason Leigh. Despite his involvement as a personal trainer for many celebrities, Harper has become more identified with The Biggest Loser. His stint in both of the show’s American and Australian versions was on top of the show’s release of its DVD workouts.
- BOB HARPER: PURE BURN SUPER STRENG MOVIE
- Starz / Anchor Bay (10/05/2010)
- DVD, NR (Not Rated)
- Running time: 90 minutes
- Bob Harper
Began CrossFit in 2011
Harper has been a personal trainer for quite a long time now. His CrossFit stint came late though, in 2011. However, he took the sport seriously in preparation for the CrossFit Open in the same year. In an interview, he shared how he got into CrossFit.
He Loves the Challenge that CrossFit Offers
He added, he loves “being able to challenge the body and make the body think.” He also added that no one wants a workout that makes him does the routines all the time because he always reaches a plateau. That’s what CrossFit does for him. The workout challenges him in many different ways and in a constant manner.
Bob Harper Talking CrossFit
Personal trainer of celebrities
Harper may be serious about CrossFit since he started several year sago. Nevertheless, many still know him today as the personal trainer of celebrities. Other stars he personally trained include Gwyneth Paltrow, Selma Blair and Ben Stiller.
This was the same time when he created a personal brand for fitness promotion concentrating on the complete body transformation integrating the body, mind and spirit.
Harper is popular for being strict with his clients. No big star can intimidate him with his training techniques. In fact, even his long-time friend, the award-winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is not spared from the disciplinarian in Harper.
- Lionsgate (12/04/2012)
- Prime Video, Unrated (Not Rated)
- Running time: 58 minutes
- Bob Harper, Dolvett Quince
Harper and Ellen Degeneres
DeGeneres and Harper may have been friends for more than two decades already. However, it was just until a couple of years ago when the latter offered to train the host. In an interview, DeGeneres described Harper’s training as ‘The Biggest Loser challenge’ that went wrong.
She added, “If you watch The Biggest Loser, you know what I’m talking about. He works you out really heard.” The TV personality described the physical trainer-turned-CrossFit athlete a nice, smart and funny guy who can also be a “spawn of Satan” for his gruelling workout. Among the exercises Harper asks his clients to do during workouts include sit-ups, jumping rope, rowing, pushups, and air squats, among others.
CrossFit tips from the celebrity personal trainer
First, step up the burpees through the use of steps or a box for comfortable workout on the floor.
Second, never fear the Olympic lift by starting slow until one gets used to going heavy.
Third, pull up the CrossFit game by beginning with the lower bar where there is no need to jump so high from the ground.
Check out this CrossFit Workout from Bob Harper
The best part? It requires no equipment, takes less than 20 minutes and can be done at home. No more excuses! Here’s what you have to do:
There is no set time-limit, but chip away at them until they’re done.
Bob Harper’s CrossFit WOD
Bob Harper’s Thoughts on Fitness After His 2017 Heart Attack
In 2017, Harper suffered from a heart attack, which stunned much of the fitness world. He credits being alive today by the fact that it happened at a gym which had an AED and there was also a doctor who happened to be there at the time.
In an interview with Shape Magazine, he opens up about his experiences and thoughts about fitness after this experience. Since the heart attack, he talks about how he’s being more kind to himself. Previously, working out used to be everything to him and used to be his identity.
After the heart attack, he went through some serious self reflection and now cuts himself some slack. Instead of pushing himself to the limits during every single workout, he is far more forgiving and kind to himself. He also tries to listen to his body and if it’s saying to rest, then take a rest.
Prior to the heart attack, he went through a 6-week period where we was experiencing dizzy spells, fainting and nausea while working out. Instead of paying attention to these signs, he ignored them and kept up with his normal workout routine. In retrospect, he should have mentioned to his doctors that he thought something was seriously wrong.
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- Factory sealed DVD
- Starz / Anchor Bay (12/07/2010)
- DVD, NR (Not Rated)
- Running time: 75 minutes
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