Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bob Harper, the Chimney Sweep

You guys are funny. Everyone wondered in yesterday’s post how long it took to get this picture:

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If you thought it was a self-timer shot, you give me way too much credit. It took exactly four tries by my son, Sam, photographer extraordinaire, before there was one I liked. First there was this:

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Then this:

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And then this:

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And you wonder why I have a broken hip.

Moving on:

I love Bob Harper, trainer on the Biggest Loser, for many reasons. He inspires and motivates the contestants. He loves Extra Chewing Gum and Subway and excels at doing product placements for both. He has a lovely and sexy Southern Tennessee drawl. He openly admits to having become vegan after reading the “Skinny Bitch” book (which I did not write). Foremost, he has just a few muscles, a tattoo of me on his ass and a nice “happy trail.”

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What I do not like about Bob is the fashion choice he made this week on the show.  The outfit in certain instances would be fun, but when you’re going to the gym to train people you’ve got to set a good example. Not the best photos, but you get the idea:

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Here he is trying to teach Rulon to do a handstand. I am not sure how he keeps his hat on. Must be crazy glue.

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I’m guessing one of these things prompted the outfit choice:

  • He was going to an audition for Oliver Twist immediately after the show.
  • He has a second job as a chimney sweep
  • He was headed to Ye Olde Coffee Shoppe for a skinny soy latte
  • He spilled Gatorade all over his workout clothes and had to wear what was in the trunk of his car.
  • He is writing a new book called “How to Train a Former Olympic Gold Athlete While Wearing Clothes From the Salvation Army.”

What did you think of the outfit? Is it appropriate for the gym?

Off for a three hour bike ride. Hoping I return with my vagina intact.

SUAR

60 comments:

  1. I totally thought Oliver, too, when I watched the show. I have no other comment except WTF?

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  2. I personally find Bob's 'happy trail' look much more motivating than the Oliver Twist getup. :-)

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  3. I haven't watched that show because I am the biggest loser ever BUT I think street clothes in the gym are cool whatevs your style. It makes good health and exercise blend. No boundaries between the gym and your life. Be who you are wherever you are, even if it's Oliver Twist. Your vagina hasn't been in tact for at least 13 and a half years. Isn't that how old your photographer is? That saddle won't hurt you one bid.

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  4. I saw the episode and was really confused by what he was wearing. Perhaps the next challenge on Biggest Loser will be a musical production?

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  5. Thanks! Now I know what a happy trail is! Here in VA we have an ultrarunning group called the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club (VHTRC). I thought they just run really far but now I know the truth.

    Hope that bike ride goes well. Could be a painful post-ride shower. :)

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  6. I thought I was the only one that thought he was a fruit cake on that show. Who dresses like that anyways? I guess he is making the big bucks now with all of his endorsement deals huh?

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  7. Love the pictures by your son. Hilarious!!!

    And Bob is hhhhhhot! Ok I am picking my tong up from the ground now.

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  8. My very first thought when I saw that hat was "WTF!?!?!?!"

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  9. I thought the same thing when he walked in wearing that outfit! WTH!

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  10. Wow I'm intigued by the "vagina in tact" reference - where the heck is tact? Sounds dirty.

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  11. Chim Chiminey, Chim Chiminey, Chim, chim, Cher-ry! Thanks, now that's stuck in my head...

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  12. bahahahaha. What was he thinking. I need to start watching that show again. I miss Bob and Jillian!

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  13. I kind of liked his outfit :-)
    My 6 y/o wondered if he was going golfing after the show...

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  14. Kovas - is that your way of telling me it's one word? I thought that looked wrong. Tact is a county in western missouri, fyi.

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  15. I cannot believe none of them said anything! what is next? the beard a la Brad Pitt with beads in it?
    (posted a little Boston marathon "history" on my blog today)

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  16. Definitely, definitely heading to Mary Poppins auditions after the workout. Schtep in time!

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  17. 3 hours...I already hurt for you...the V will need icing I think...!

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  18. HA HA HA HA. I must admit, I noticed that weird outfit when I was watching, too. I thought it an odd selection for the gym! I love this post, it's hilarious.

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  19. This whole entire post has cracked me up! I did wonder yesterday but just assumed you were a super-photo-taker. I love the various poses of the dog in the background. :) And Bob does look like a fool. A hot fool, but a fool none-the-less.

    btw--how does Tact county feel about your vagina being there.... ;)

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  20. Bob knows he is showing up for filming on a highly viewed TV show. It has to be a calculated decision... maybe just to get us to say "WTF?" and blog about it? Let's assume he was trying to make some kind of a statement. I just don't happen to understand what that statement is.
    •Bob has a real life and doesn't sit around in the gym all day?
    •Bob enjoys musical theater and resale shops?
    •Bob thumbs his nose at gym culture and professional stylists?
    •Bob says to the world "You think you know me... but you DON'T"?

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  21. Actually watched some of the Biggest Loser the other night, and commented to my wife that Bob seemed to be going for a gay-golfer look with his workout attire. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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  22. Oh my gosh! I was thinking the same thing while I was watching the show, totally not appropriate workout clothes lol

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  23. GREAT pic of BOB!! Yeah, I busted out laughing when I saw his outfit! His outfit was crazy but he's still hot as heck!

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  24. Tact is overrated.

    This whole post made me lol in front of people I don't know. They now think I'm crazy.

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  25. The man is hot! (no matter how goofy his outfits are)
    As far as the pics go if I tried that at home I would have 150 pounds with of canine attached to my feet! My boys love helping me when I am jumping, one latches on to my pants the other one tries to keep me on the ground by jumping on me.

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  26. I agree Bob is an inspiring bit of man...I mean trainer.

    His outfit was unexpected, almost like, "Oh, I'm just going to pop by the gym and inspire Rulon to do a handstand." But I figure if you are in the gym working out wear what you want esp. when you look like Bob!

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  27. Bob was playing that relay race game where you have a pile of clothes in a box; you have to put it all on and run to the finish. Either that, or he's a stop on Amazing Race.

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  28. OUCH! Have a great ride! Happy trails to you!

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  29. I love Bob. He can wear whatever he would like although I probably would have him lose the hat. The rest I liked and noticed unlike what he wore the week before.

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  30. a) One of my good friends met Bob at a wedding. He was not dressed like a chimney sweep there.
    b) Ye Olde Shoppe is a family joke for us. We pronounce it as "Shop-py" and use it to describe areas that are just too quaint for our taste.

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  31. The pictures are funny! My 5 yr old son is my "photographer" alot :) The results are usually quite interesting...

    And yeah, Bob's outfit was a bit hilarious this week....

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  32. I love that Sam takes pictures for you, what a good son. Bur seriously SHOULD you be jumping like that with a broken hip???

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  33. I'd suggest he go on What Not To Wear, but Clinton totally dresses the same way.

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  34. Haha...this post cracked me up! You're right, that was a bad fashion choice on his part!

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  35. I totally quit watching the BL because I can't stand the crying and whining and yelling. Plus I can't stay awake that long.

    The outfit might have been cute if it was slacks and out and about, but for the gym?

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  36. hahahaa. i love bob too, and his outfit is hilarious

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  37. Hilarious...I'll have that image in my head all day now.

    Hope that ride is on the road not trainer.

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  38. The hat! How did the hat stay on?

    The tatto! Of you? On his ass???

    The jumping! Impressive! If I tried that I'd either roll my ankle or pee my pants for sure.

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  39. He should never put anything but shorts on... ever.

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  40. ugh, i had exactly that thought about his hat!!! what are you doing, bob?

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  41. OMG! First I don't think I have ever seen a pic of Bob that hot before. Thank you for that! Wow! (gonna take a few minutes to cool down after that one)

    Second, ewww WTF was he thinking wearing that? Oliver Twist for sure!

    I can't tell you how many times I had to jump for a similar picture on rocks while vacationing in Mexico to get the perfect pictures. I think it was a kagillion times! Good for you for only 4!

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  42. Bad hair day, perhaps?
    BTW, love Sam's lighting assistant in the background.

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  43. Beth - hip's not broken, at least not anymore.

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  44. I think he was doing a lesson on "get in a workout no matter what; even if you are in your work clothes"

    You know the days you have to run in two differnt shoes because you grabbed one of each! OKAY maybe just I did that.

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  45. Worst.outfit.ever. I was laughing so hard watching him doing the handstand in that. Maybe the Oliver Twist auditions were after the taping and he was practicing a routine.

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  46. I totally agree. Bob looks way better semi-naked than fully dressed.

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  47. He can come sweep my chimney any day!!

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  48. I vastly prefer your shirtless picture of Bob than the crazy outfit pics he wore this week. How did the show stylists let him get away with that.

    Did you try the handstands yet? How about the workout exercise he invented...that was freakin' hard!

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  49. I watched the show and didn't even notice the outfit. What planet am I living on???

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  50. the happy trail is my melting pot

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  51. Ok, I missed this episode. Please tell me he's not wearing black socks with sandals. And that hat!! WTF??

    Got my SUAR sticker in the mail today. Thanks for the speedy delivery!!

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  52. My 3 hour ride is Sunday. I gotta wonder what you're doing on your bike that reaches way up into your vagina though. My vulva/labia will get numb but dayum girl, what kind of saddle do you ride to hit your vagina? :)

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  53. He was under cover and didn't want to be spotted...

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  54. You aren't kidding. WTH was up with Bob's outfit this week? He has been doing random things with his hairstyle maybe he was just having an off hair day. It did seem like an odd choice for the gym.

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  55. bob harper's body, ben harper's talent and clothing choice. yum.

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