Awhile back, Quaker Oats invited me to participate in a conference call with Bob Harper along with a few other bloggers. The call was scheduled on the same day as the NASM Live Workshop, so I wasn’t able to attend, but Quaker folks kindly offered to coordinate a one-on-one email interview with Bob. Seriously, how cool is that?! Thank you, Quaker!
Without further ado, here’s my email interview with Bob Harper! I absolutely loved reading his responses! I hope you will, too!
What is your favorite way to exercise?
I have become obsessed with Crossfit. It is my favorite way to work out. It just makes so much sense to me and it also challenges me more than I have ever been challenged before. My hands, on the other hand, really have suffered!!!
Which workout gives you and/or your clients the best results for building strength and burning fat?
When it comes to building strength and burning fat, that is the foundation of Crossfit. You have got to find time for strength training AND get your cardio in to get the fat off and Crossfit really does combine those two things.
What workout/exercise do you think more people should be doing?
Haha…I feel like a broken record but CROSSFIT!! Also I would encourage people to try something new when it pertains to working out. If you have never tried yoga or spin classes, jump into a class the next time it fits in yours schedule. It is all about trying different things.
What’s your best piece of advice for someone just starting out with exercise?
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Make one smart choice everyday and let that start to create a habit.
What’s the toughest workout you’ve ever done?
Easy….there is a workout in Crossfit called, FRAN and also SANTIAGO. The worst workouts I have ever done in my life!!!
How much protein do you think the average active person needs in their diet?
Protein is crucial for muscle repair and building and it also keeps you satiated. I recommend getting in AT LEAST half of your body weight in grams so if you weigh 150 lbs, get in 75 grams.
What’s your favorite vegetable recipe?
I love to roast Brussels sprouts in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. I like to over do them because they get the texture of potatoes….YUM!!!
What’s a typical day of eating look like for you?
I get my protein and carbs earlier in the day and then by the afternoon I keep it “lean & green”. Lean proteins and tons of veggies.
If it was your last day on earth, what meal would be your last?
Italian!!! I want pizza & pasta….oh yeah and definitely chocolate cake. I’m starving right now thinking about it.
What’s something about The Biggest Loser that most people don’t know?
People have no idea just how much effort goes into getting that kind of weight off a person. My contestants work harder every single season and if the viewer could really see what is required of them on a daily basis, they would be in awe. I sure am.