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Watch: Biggest Loser Personal Trainer Bob Harper Heart Attack

After Bob Harper Heart Attack, Fitness Benefits Questions Pop Up

Bob Harper

Bob Harper

Fitness celebrity and Biggest Loser host and trainer Bob Harper, 51, recently suffered a major heart attack that left him unconscious for two days. Harper was reportedly working out in the gym in New York City when he collapsed. He says a doctor who was in the gym performed CPR on him.

Does this mean that a pursuing a fitness lifestyle offers no protection? Back to that in a moment. Watch video below:

He Was A Picture Of Health, How Could This Happen?

Following reports of such a high profile fitness personality having a heart attack, the question many are asking is; does fitness really offer protection against heart attack?

After all, we have heard it over and over again. The best protection against cardiovascular conditions including heart attack is a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet and regular exercise. Harper may not look athletic in a muscular, but he does look lean and fit. And he is relatively young.

Not only that, his heart attack came while he was doing the very thing that is supposed to lower risk of getting one; he was exercising.

Some experts opine that Harper probably would have had a heart attack at a much younger age. Well, that’s just what it is, an opinion.

Not all people who get a heart attack fit the “profile”, so to say. Harper’s mother died of a heart attack. That kind of family history can increase risk, according to health experts. While too much exercise too quickly could trigger a heart attack[1], it is unlikely that a veteran fitness expert like Harper could have made this mistake.

All the same, two studies done in 2014 indicated that overdoing high intensity exercise may increase risk of death from stroke or heart attack.[2]

We can only speculate as to what may have caused Harper’s heart attack. Or why his fitness was no protection. But this should not dissuade you from performing high intensity workouts. I will continue to do my workouts with “undiminished intensity” to borrow a phrase from one former US president.

We wish Bob Harper a quick recovery and hope he will come out of this even stronger.

Image: By Watch It Now Entertainment [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


[1] Cleveland Clinic: 4 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers

[2] Daily Mail: Too much exercise can be FATAL

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