Health & Wellness

Bob Harper: Health and Fitness Expert

Firooz Zahedi / Today
Bob Harper

Bob Harper – coach for the iVillage Get Beach Ready Community Challenge and health and fitness expert, television star and New York Times bestselling author – is one of the most successful lifestyle experts in the world. As part of the 14th season of the NBC’s worldwide hit show, The Biggest Loser, which wrapped in March 2013, Harper participated in Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign.

Harper's latest book, Jumpstart to Skinny – released in April, 2013 – brings fans 13 short-term rules to supercharge weight loss. Harper provides a day-by-day plan for success, including his body-toning, "Jumpstart Moves" and deliciously slimming recipes. Jumpstart to Skinny is available now for pre-order at and Barnes & Noble.

The success of The Biggest Loser and Harper’s brand has afforded him the incredible platform to exemplify his passion and vigor as one of the most in-demand fitness specialists worldwide. Harper's brand recognition and influence has led to the creation of his own DVDs, supplements, books, motivational speaking engagements and personal appearances.

Harper was raised on a cattle farm in Nashville, Tennessee before making his way to Los Angeles in pursuit of his dreams. It was a serendipitous meeting with a trainer that motivated Harper to get into the fitness industry. He received a fitness instructor’s certification from the American Fitness Training of Athletics Association and the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America. Now a decade later, Harper has developed his trademark brand of fitness and nutritional integration that leads to lasting lifestyle transformations.

The popularity of Harper’s fitness methods on The Biggest Loser inspired the launch of his DVD series, Bob Harper – Inside Out Method, a high performance, results-centered training program comprised of four discs featuring strength, cardio, yoga and personal training workouts. Harper then launched three separate DVDs in addition to the series, including Ultimate Cardio Body, Beginners Workout and Totally Ripped Core.

In addition to Harper’s book and DVD series, the renowned fitness guru created another branch to his lifestyle empire with "Contour Kettlebell" and his "GoFit" at-home fitness solutions. The contour kettlebell design is the first and only ergonomically shaped kettlebell created to reduce strain that may be experienced on the forearm during workouts. The “GoFit” line includes Bob Harper’s Gravity straps, Heavy Jump Rope, Power Band, Massage Roller, Stretch Rope and Yoga Mat.

As a result of Harper’s ever-growing popularity as a trusted lifestyle specialist, Quaker Oats enlisted Harper as its lifestyle coach and advocate for living a healthier everyday life.

With personal appearances ranging from The Doctors, Larry King Live, The Tonight Show, Rachael Ray and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, to being a regular on the Oprah Winfrey-approved show The Dr. Oz Show as a member of Core Team Oz. Harper’s optimistic outlook, practical advice and gregarious demeanor is unmatched. His cover of Men’s Fitness Magazine and features in O Magazine, Men's Health, Entertainment Weekly and People Magazine have successfully mirrored what his fans and followers around the country crave: Harper’s motivation and inspiration to take charge of one’s life.

Harper currently resides in Los Angeles with his dog Karl, a Havanese mix. He still regularly teaches spin classes in LA, and has an all-encompassing online workout club for his fans —

You can also find Bob on Twitter at @mytrainerbob and Facebook at

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