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.