Bob Harper on CrossFit, The Biggest Loser & His Last Meal on Earth

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!

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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.

127 Comments

  1. That’s awesome! I can’t afford a CF gym at the moment, so I’ve been trying to incorporate more HIIT in my workouts at my own gym. I bought an interval timer so that I can workout for time instead of reps. Youtube (and the internet in general) have been a great source for finding workouts. I think I’m lucky too that the owners of my gym are really into CF, so they’ve outfitted it with most of the equipment.

  2. He is awesome! I got my picture taken with him at Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport Iowa…he was the keynote speaker…I am quite a chatty cathy, but the day I met him, I couldn’t utter a word…very sad 🙂

  3. I love Bob! Super jealous that you got to “talk” to him! Great job on the questions, too! Now if only you’d asked “when would you like to meet up with me for a one-on-one Crossfit session?” 🙂

  4. Love that Bob has been bit by the crossfit bug. Such a great obsession to have. I’ve been doing crossfit for a little over a year now and I agree….it’s amazing. I’ve been an athlete my whole life and nothing has challenged me more than crossfit.
    And, I agree…FRAN is a b*$%#!!!

  5. I am a fellow crossfitter & cavegirl (aka Paleo) & it has been the BEST thing I’ve ever done in my life. I was severly overwieght at 180lbs at 5ft. When I started Crossfit I could barely finish the “demo” workout to gage my fitness or lack of one & now a year later, I able to deadlift 275lbs & LOVE Oly lifting. I’ve never done 1 pullup in my life but thanks to X-fit I am able to do kipping pull ups!!! I am also taking the Level 1 certification training. Switching to the Paleo lifestyle has been the saving grace for me. I know how to eat now & understand that I can love food but that that I need to respect my body.

  6. I freaking love Bob! What a great opportunity to talk to him over the phone. I got to do a live workout with him a couple of times and he’s so much fun in person too! 🙂 He talks abotu the whole “lean and green” thing a lot. I should really start taking his advice. And he totally talks about Crossfit alot too (as you know). 🙂 Fun Tina. And… just a side note. I’m loving your whole banana and PB in a mug thing. 🙂 I just may have to copy that.

  7. I love Bob and loved reading his answers to your questions! Gosh, you and him are really making me want to try Crossfit! It seems like it makes so much sense and would be an awesome challenge. Plus I’d REALLY like to be able to do a pullup, and I think it would definitely help.

  8. FRAN is so hard. ’nuff said.

    I am ridiculously jealous of you right now. After a season of uncertainty, The Biggest Loser is back in my good books. I miss Jillian, though!

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  10. Crossfit is amazing, and will change your life if you let it. Don’t be scared to try it out, the Crossfit community is amazing and completely welcoming. So do it! You won’t be sorry 🙂

  11. I just caught up to this post and LOVED it. I watch TBL frequently whilst on the ellip, and it always inspires me to do just a little bit more. Now I need to try out a crossfit class!

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