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How Bob Harper's Heart Attack Led to a 'Newer, More Improved Version' of Himself

10/23/2021 4:18:00 PM

How Bob Harper's Heart Attack Led to a 'Newer, More Improved Version' of Himself

In an exclusive interview with E! News, The Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper explained how Survivors Have Heart helped in his physical and mental recovery after he survived a health scare.

InstagramToday, Bob sings the praises of hot yoga and hopes to start teaching classes in New York City sooner rather than later. He urges fans to get CPR certified so they can be prepared to help others, like a medical student helped him during his heart attack.

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And if there were a message Bob could tell his younger self, it would be short but sweet. "I would be like, 'Girl, it's gonna be okay,'" he said. "I would just look at myself and go, ‘You are going to be challenged and pushed to the edge but all will be okay. Don't resist, lean into this challenge.'"

Keep scrolling tofrom Bob's Second Chance Portrait series and read more stories of survivorship.Bob Harper for Survivors Have HeartBob HarperAs a pioneer of the Survivors Have Heart program, theBiggest Loserhost and trainer has helped expand a national movement that uses the power of patient stories to engage heart attack survivors and their loved ones to celebrate survivorship. Now he's launching

, a series of photographs that highlight the stories, strengths and diverse experiences of heart attack survivors from around the country.Bob Harper for Survivors Have HeartTamikia G+ Huntersville, N.C."Tamikia had open heart surgery, so when she's wearing this dress, you see the scar on her chest,"

Bob Harpershared with E! News. "She talked about how it was something that really embarrassed her and now, it's so empowering. With the photograph that I took of her, she looks like a boss."Bob Harper for Survivors Have HeartRandy F+ Colonial Beach, Va.

"Randy is a firefighter and a very handsome guy," Bob recalled. "When he got in front of a camera, he was so comfortable and he was funny and quirky and I had so much fun shooting him because he surprised me. I thought that I was gonna have to kind of pull something out of him. He came ready to go."

Bob Harper for Survivors Have HeartTasya L+ Reynoldsburg, OhioWhile participating in a hoop-a-thon event, Tasya felt a jolt in her chest. After initially shrugging it off, she ended up in the hospital soon after. Tasya was shocked to learn she'd had a heart attack and needed three stents. Today, she shares her story to help others. And yes, she's still Hula-Hooping.

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Bob Harper for Survivors Have HeartMike H+ Stanfield, N.C.Mike's mission is to help others and let them know that they can survive—and thrive—after a heart attack. As a volunteer at local hospitals, he uses his personal story to empower survivors.

Bob Harper for Survivors Have HeartKelly S+ South Lyon, Mich. Read more: E! News »

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