33 – Bob Harper on CrossFit, The Biggest Loser, and prioritizing health

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Bob Harper has an extensive background as a personal trainer and is perhaps best known for his role on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. He has been a part of the show since its first season in 2004 as a trainer and has recently transitioned into the role of host. He found CrossFit in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since – he incorporates CrossFit workouts on the show and has been intimately involved in the CrossFit community. You can find him working out and coaching at Brick CrossFit, taking black and white photos, or hanging out with his dog, Karl. We sat down at the 2016 CrossFit Games to record my first ever LIVE episode of Pursuing Health.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How he got started as a personal trainer
  • His introduction to CrossFit
  • How he brought CrossFit to The Biggest Loser
  • His response to a recent study showing long term results of Biggest Loser contestants
  • The most important ingredients for long-lasting lifestyle change
  • Why he is no longer a vegan
  • His current personal approach to nutrition including intermittent fasting
  • What he likes most about helping individuals achieve extreme weight loss
  • Why he loves being a trainer
  • What he wants to do when the The Biggest Loser is done
  • How he connects with clients to motivate them and build trusting relationships
  • What he does to recharge and prioritize his own fitness
  • Qualities of people he spends most of his time with
  • The impact of the introduction of new skills to CrossFit Games competition
  • How Bob programs for his clients
  • What we do for self care
  • Ways to improve mobility and flexibility
  • Recommendations for teaching children about fitness
  • What keeps me motivated now that my competitive career is over

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You can learn more about Bob on his website, FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

32 – Pete Servold on fine dining, Paleo, and making the most of your meal prep

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Pete Servold developed a love for food and cooking early on and worked in the culinary and restaurant industry since the age of 17. He graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta GA in 2007 and worked at Restaurant Eugene where he experienced the true meaning of farm to table fine dining. While he was there Restaurant Eugene won Cuisine of the Year from Bon Appetit, Best New Chef from Food and Wine Magazine, and Restaurant of the Year from The Atlanta Journal Constitution. However, working in the restaurant industry took its toll on Pete’s health and after meeting his wife and a scare with pericarditis he decided to join his local CrossFit affiliate. While participating in a 30 day Paleo challenge, he realized the similarities between fine dining and the principals of Paleo. It wasn’t long before friends were asking him to cook their meals and Pete’s Paleo – a meal delivery service – was born. I’ve been using Pete’s Paleo meals for about 6 months now and have been blown away by their quality and convenience. I was excited to sit down with Pete to talk about his background, the principles upon which his company was founded, and his advice for getting the most out of your local CSA and meal prep.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • His relationship with food and exercise growing up
  • The influence of his grandmother on his love of cooking
  • The negative impact working in the restaurant industry had on his lifestyle
  • The wake up call he had with his health at age 26
  • How he met his wife and started doing CrossFit
  • His first experience with Paleo doing a 30 day challenge at his CrossFit affiliate
  • His physical transformation after changing his lifestyle
  • How his personal experience with Paleo evolved into Pete’s Paleo
  • The principles that form the foundation of Pete’s Paleo
  • Tips for getting the most out of your local CSA
  • His advice for someone starting out with Paleo with minimal cooking experience
  • What to look for when eating bacon
  • Three things he does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him
  • Adapting training and lifestyle to different phases of life
You can learn more about Pete on the Pete’s Paleo websiteFacebook or Instagram.
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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.