For seven years, trainer Bob Harper has whipped overweight couch potatoes into svelte-er specimens on NBC’s The Biggest Loser (Tuesdays, 8/7c) creating a fitness empire for himself that includes books, DVDs, supplements and speaking engagements. Now the Nashville native returns for the show’s twelfth season, joined by new trainers Dolvett Quince and Anna Kournikova and host Alison Sweeney. Looking for motivation and inspiration? Harper drops plenty of it here.
MADE MAN: What item do you never leave home without?
BOB HARPER: I can’t live without my Instagram app on my iPhone. I love photography so it’s a great way to keep that creative mindset. Also, my Pierre Hardy sneakers are my new obsession. I can’t take them off my feet!
MM: What’s your drink of choice after a tough day on the job?
BH: I’m a big red wine fan. I’ve joined the New York Times Wine Club so they send me wine every month from around the world. The wines from Tuscany and Bordeaux are amazing.
MM: What’s one grooming, style or fitness thing can a guy can do in the morning to look his best before he leaves the house?
BH: OK, I know this sounds crazy but I got this face scrubber called Clarisonic and I love it. It takes the dead skin off your face and leaves you looking fresh and awake.
MM: What’s the best advice about you’ve gotten about men‘ class=’linkify’ target=’_blank’>women, and who gave it to you?
BH: My best friend Cristi has always told me that when it comes to dealing with women, you have got to treat them with respect and put them on a pedestal. Women want to feel special and also want to feel like you are their best friend.
MM: What can The Biggest Loser teach guys about being better men?
BH: If you put your mind to something, there is nothing you can’t do. I see men and women on any given day being put to the test and their drive to better themselves pushes them forward. In your own life, moving forward in a positive way is the best thing you can do.
MM: What’s your daily fitness regimen? What’s your diet like?
BH: Right now I’m obsessed with Cross Fit. There is a place in LA called Brick, and I know that I’m gonna go into that gym and get my ass handed to me. I love to work out hard because it clears my head and makes me feel strong. I believe you should always push outside your comfort zone. I was a vegan for many years and have since switched to more animal protein like eggs, fish and some dairy. Every time I sit down to a meal, I’m looking for tons of veggies, and at night I cut out the carbs.
MM: Best fitness tip?
BH: Find something that you love to do and you will be more likely to stick to it. The bottom line is that for many people, fitness can be a chore but focus on how great you feel afterwards and know that you are doing something positive for yourself that has huge benefits!
MM: Any parting words of wisdom?
BH: I have a quote that I live by: “Believe in yourself. Trust the process. Change forever.” Sometimes life gets kind of messy, and that is the time when you are tested, that defines who you are. You have to know that you are doing the best you can in the day that you are in, and if for whatever reason you slip, there is always tomorrow.