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.
Harper’s first book “Are You Ready!: Take Charge, Lose Weight, Get in Shape, and Change” was published in 2008, and was well-received by fans and lifestyle gurus across the globe. The release of his much anticipated and fan-demanded second book, “The Skinny Rules” is set to be published on May 15, 2012. Combining his wildly popular motivational style and expertise, “The Skinny Rules” features a simple program with recipes and tips for sustainable weigh loss methods.
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 andTotally 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 has recently enlisted Harper as its lifestyle coach and advocate for living a healthier everyday life.
Harper launched his supplement endeavor in April 2011, Bob Harper’s Smart Success. The launch of this line of supplements initially includes Bob Harper’s Smart Weight Loss Starter Kit with DVD, Smart Multivitamin, plus a cleanse formula -- Bob Harper’s Smart 7-Day Cleanse.
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 releases free weekly online workout challenges for his fans.