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Bob Harper's CrossFit Tips

Bob Harper's Tips For Being Your Best at CrossFit

Want to up your CrossFit game? Take these tips from trainer Bob Harper to heart. He shared his advice with our friends at Self.

High five if you were among the thousands of people sweatin' it out with Bob Harper in NYC this weekend for SELF's Workout in the Park. (Chicago, you still have your chance!)

There's a reason why Bob's a New York Times bestselling author and has been inspiring millions on the Biggest Loser year after year. He's awesome and he's also a CrossFit junkie! If you work out with Bob, chances are he'll throw some CrossFit into the mix. But the good thing is, he's also the man for a pep talk. Try these Bob Harper tips next time you approach your WOD (that's workout of the day, for the uninitiated!).


Step up your burpees. "It challenges your whole body from the heart out," the trainer tells SELF. Trouble getting down on all fours? Try using a box or steps to put your hands down if you can't get them all the way to the floor or ground. Gradually lower the surface where you put your hands with each workout until your finally comfortable hitting the floor.

Don't fear the Olympic lift. Bob says an overhead squat is a perfect strength builder without overdoing it. "But you don't have to go into a Crossfit gym and start lifting heavy weight. You can do a snatch with just the bar. Don't go heavy and you are not going to get big and bulky," he explains. Start slow, and soon you'll feel like a gold medal pro.

(Pull-)Up your Crossfit game. Yeah, the pull-up is the devil, but there's nothing better for you than just your body weight and a bar. Never been able to stick a pull-up in your life? Try starting off on a lower bar where you don't have to jump as high off the ground -- or try rubber bands. Says Bob: "Then you start going with lighter and lighter bands until one day when all of the sudden you jump up onto that bar and you can do it on your own."

Crossfit's never sounded so do-able, right?

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