CrossFit HQ’s Miranda Oldroyd sits down with Bob Harper to talk about his introduction of CrossFit on the hugely popular NBC show The Biggest Loser.
Working with the morbidly obese brings a whole separate set of challenges when it comes to fitness and nutrition, Harper notes.
“People that don’t really know about CrossFit see the CrossFit Games, see athletes such as yourself that are just so strong. You’re unattainable to the average person,” he says to Oldroyd. “What I’ve really wanted to do is introduce middle America to CrossFit in a very scalable way.”
Likewise, Harper had contestants do Fran. Although they couldn’t achieve the perfect range of motion, they were moving, he says.
“When it comes to my clientele, it’s all about scalability,” explains Harper, who completed the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course.
CrossFit also has changed the way the celebrity fitness guru trains.
“It’s made training much more exciting for me,” he says. “It’s made it much more exciting for the people that are on my show.”
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Additional reading: By the Numbers by Amy Santamaria and Tim Retzik, published Sept. 29, 2010.