The Biggest Loser trainer ditches celebs for clients in serious need
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Finally, there is a man out there who is over model-thin types. That man is Bob Harper.
The personal trainer spent 15 years in Los Angeles developing a blend of fitness and nutrition that garnered the attention of celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller and Ellen DeGeneres.
But these days, the star of The Biggest Loser prefers to use his skills to help the average person more than the super-skinny starlets.
“I’m not interested in getting actors to lose those last five pounds or turn their four-pack into a six-pack or their six-pack into an eight-pack,” Harper says. “We’ve gone from being overweight to obese to morbidly obese, and for a lot of people, it’s just about health and functionality.”
Harper uses a comprehensive approach with his clients to ensure a total lifestyle change rather than a temporary fix to health and weight problems.
“It’s about working from the inside out, getting people healthy and headed in the right direction,” Harper says. “It’s not about looking the way celebrities do on the cover of magazines. It’s about different things — balance, co-ordination, cardio, nutrition.”
That direction has taken on a new meaning for Harper, who has joined with Step It Up Diabetes to promote the organization’s “6.5 Steps Toward Better Blood Sugar Control” program.
“When I heard about Step It Up Diabetes, I knew I had to get involved. It’s so simple, and keeping it simple is what I’m all about,” Harper says. “They’re steps you can take every day. It’s not about just up and changing your entire life on Monday or something.”
Small, simple steps are the key to long-term fitness success, according to Harper, who believes that this is especially true with contestants on The Biggest Loser. Even though it may not seem like it, small changes like simply moving more can add up to a big difference.
“The thing I love about The Biggest Loser and about Step It Up Diabetes is working with everyday people,” Harper says. “The challenge I face is how I can get them to relate and be a part of it. It’s about people taking charge of their lives.”
And Harper really prefers this to kicking celeb butt into shape? “Absolutely,” he says. “This is where my passion is.”