Bob Harper is a personal trainer, born on August 18, 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee, most famously recognized for his appearance on the Biggest Loser. Before Bob made it big on reality television he was just a small-town farm boy trying to find his passion in life. Unlike his career path today, Bob did not participate in sports very much. After he graduated high school he attended Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and then found that there wasn’t much in the Southern state for him, so he packed his bags and moved to Los Angeles, CA. There, Harper found his passion for fitness and received his fitness instructor certification from American Fitness Training of Athletics Association and the Aerobic and Fitness Associations of America.
As a personal trainer, Bob uses the “Functional Training Method.” He uses balls, free weights, and bands to train his clients. Harper’s first celebrity client was Jennifer Jason Leigh, and then his star roster grew to include such names as Ben Stiller, Ellen DeGeneres and Gwyneth Paltrow. In 2004, Harper signed on for his biggest break yet, the first season of the Biggest Loser. Bob just wrapped the show’s 13th season, which makes him the longest standing trainer with the show, and the only one there since the beginning.
The success of the show paved way for many opportunities for Mr. Harper. 2008’s “Are You Ready! Take Charge, Lose Weight, Get in Shape, and Change,” and the 2012 release “The Skinny Rules,” are his two books. Another media venture is DVD workouts; Harper has four workout DVDs out on the market today under his own brand, called the Inside Out Method, not to mention a library of DVDs lead by him under the Biggest Loser brand.
Yoga is passion of his, too. Whether practicing on his own or leading Biggest Loser contestants through a session, he proves that yoga is a legitimate workout. He also incorporates yoga in to his Inside Out Method DVDs.
On weekends, Bob Harper leads a spinning class at Crunch! in Los Angeles, where lucky fans can try to grab a seat!
In 2011, he also launched Bob Harper’s Smart Weight Loss, a line of nutritional supplements.
Bob Harper is currently living in Los Angeles with his dog, a shelter dog named Karl. He is formerly a vegan, but does maintain a clean diet. He isn’t currently in any publicized relationship. Besides appearing on Biggest Loser for each of the past 13 seasons, he makes regular appearances on talk shows like Rachael Ray, The Doctors, Jay Leno, and many others.
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May 30th, 2012