“But I really think one thing I’ve learned during this situation is to not sweat the big things or the little things. How important it is. We are so lucky to be here right now. We are fortunate we have our health. We’re here. Don’t get so wrapped up in all the crap. You know when you look at yourself in the mirror, and you’re like, “oh, if I could lose five more pounds,” or “if I could look more like…” or “if I had Julie’s arms…” Or whatever the case. Who cares. None of it, none of it matters. What matters is your friends, your family, the love and support that this community gives us. I relish it. That’s why I was so excited to be here because all I want to do is be around CrossFitters because they’re the best people in the world.” -Bob Harper
Bob Harper has an extensive background as fitness trainer and health expert, 3-time New York Times #1 Best Selling Author, and is perhaps best known for his role as the host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. In February 2017, Bob suffered a shocking and near-fatal heart attack while exercising, and has since used his experience as a platform to educate others and to advocate for CPR training and AEDs. Following a slow, physician-supervised recovery process, Bob is back to doing CrossFit workouts with the community he loves. You can find him working out, taking black and white photos, or hanging out with his dogs, Karl and Vivian.
For his second LIVE visit to the Pursuing Health podcast, Bob and I sat down at the 2018 CrossFit Games. We discussed how his experiences surrounding his heart attack have changed his life, and how he hopes his story can help others.
In this episode we discuss:
- What it’s like to be a well-known trainer, the picture of health, and suffer a heart attack
- The symptoms he had leading up to his heart attack
- His family history and the Lp(a) cholesterol condition that contributed to his attack
- Bob’s memories from the day of his heart attack
- The emotions he experienced as he processed the event
- The support he’s received from the CrossFit community
- Bob’s physical recovery process and the panic he felt surrounding elevating his heart rate again
- The changes he’s made to his diet
- What Bob’s doctors are monitoring post-heart attack
- The importance of having an established, trusting relationship with your physician
- How he’s advocating that all gyms have AEDs and CPR certified coaches and members
- How Bob hopes his story can influence others
- The importance of knowing your family history
- The tools Bob used overcome the depression he suffered following his heart attack
- How he’s currently modifying his workouts
- Bob’s stance on eating meat vs. veganism
- The parts of his identity that he’s been able to focus on since his heart attack
- BRICK Los Angeles
- BRICK New York
- RP Strength, Nick Shaw
- Transcendental Meditation
- Bob Harper opens up on ‘widow-maker’ heart attack: ‘I was on that groud dead’
- Bob Harper: The Harderst Worker
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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.