Bob Harper (personal trainer)

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Bob Harper
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Born (1965-08-18) August 18, 1965 (age 50)
Nashville, Tennessee
Occupation Personal trainer, author
Height 5 ft 11.5 in (181.6 cm)
Weight 167 lb (76 kg)

Robert "Bob" Harper (born August 18, 1965)[1] is an American personal trainer and author. He appears on the American television series The Biggest Loser.


Harper has worked as a personal trainer for celebrity clients, including Jennifer Jason Leigh.[1] In 1999, he was cast as an extra in Melissa Etheridge's hit video for the song "Angels Would Fall" from her album Breakdown.[2] He is featured as a trainer on the United States version of The Biggest Loser reality television series. He has been a trainer on the NBC show since 2004.[3] In addition to working on the show, Harper has appeared in several Biggest Loser DVD workouts. Harper also appeared on the first three seasons of the Australian version of the show.[4]

In addition to his appearances, speaking dates, and writing duties, Harper still teaches regular classes in Los Angeles and works as a yoga instructor.[5]

In early 2010, Harper launched, a website where subscribers can discuss weight loss and receive coaching.[6][7] The success of his site led to the release of his first workout DVD series in May, titled "Bob Harper: Inside Out Method."[6] Harper also contributes workouts to websites such as Shape magazine.[8]

Harper is also an avid CrossFit athlete.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Harper was born August 18, 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.[1][10]

After reading the book Skinny Bitch, Harper became a vegetarian. In 2010, he then became a vegan for a year.[11][12] That same year, PETA voted him sexiest male vegetarian of the year.[13] Harper stopped following a vegan diet due to wanting "something more."[14]

Harper has spoken out against puppy mills and has adopted a black and white dog from the Animal Advocates Alliance in Baldwin Park, California. He named the dog Karl, after Karl Lagerfeld, because of the dog's color.[15]

Harper is also Farm Sanctuary's 2010 Walk for Farm Animals national spokesman.[16]

Harper publicly came out as gay in the seventh episode of the fifteenth season of The Biggest Loser, while talking to a contestant who was having difficulty telling his parents about his sexuality.[17] Harper revealed he came out to his parents at 17, but that this was his first time ever addressing his sexuality publicly in his career. The episode aired on November 28, 2013.



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