Joel Harper Fitness FAQ

If you have a question that is not answered below, please feel free to email Joel at fitpackdvd@gmail.com.


1) What is the best way to use FIT PACK?
Do one workout a day in the order they appear on the menu. If you are feeling energized add the abs or the cardio. If on a certain day you are tired or too busy take the day off and get grooving the next day.

2) What is the best way to use FIT PACK TOTAL?

FIT PACK TOTAL includes 17 workouts on it. It contains nearly 5 hours of workouts.
If you are just starting a workout program:
Do the GET OFF THE SOFA workout.
  • To fully benefit from my fitness program:
    - Do ONE workout a day in the order they appear on the Disc One Menu, starting with the COMBO.
    On the FOURTH day, take the day off.
  • If on one of the workout days you are feeling energized:
    - Do the next sequential workout below it or add the CARDIO, KICKBOXING, ABS or ABS 2.
  • If you are busy and only able to do one workout during the week:
  • If you are feeling tight:
    - Do the STRETCH.
  • If you only have a little amount of time to workout:
    - Do the Dr. Oz AM, PM or 7 MIN WORKOUTS.
  • Be sure and watch DO IT THE RIGHT WAY.
3) If I am just starting to workout which DVD is best for me?

4) If I want to get in tip top ripped up shape which DVD is best for me?

1) How can I get in shape without getting a gym membership?
You have no excuses. Walk 30 minutes a day, go to a stadium and walk the stairs. Or get a DVD-they are very affordable and most of mine use no equipment and I have them for every single fitness level. You can do them in the comfort of your own home and the expense is minimal.

2) I catch myself holding my breath when I workout-is that bad?
Yes, you want to relax your body and focus on taking full deep breaths. A way to prevent this is counting your reps out loud. Well not so loud that everyone at the gym stares at you. In order to count you have to breathe perfectly so this is a quick fixer. While you are at it scan your face and leave it tension free as well. Lets just isolate the muscles that we are exercising.

3) I have a belly and I can't seem to lose it-what should I do?
A mix between working out and diet-they go hand in hand. You have to burn more calories than you take in. Get that cardio in (a minimum of 30 minutes a day)-build the intensity every day. There is also a rubber Velcro belt you can get at any athletic store, wear it taut over your shirt and every time you workout. You have to do the work, but it makes you aware of when you let go of your stomach muscles. So focus on pulling your belly away from the belt. Get on that ground and start doing core work. Try the abs on FIT PACK TOTAL.

4) How can I get rid of the flab underneath my arms?
Kick Backs. With a hand weight, put your left foot forward and your left arm supporting yourself on your left leg or a sturdy chair. Leaving your right elbow in the up position, kick the weight backward and twist your palm towards the ceiling. Breathe normally. Maintain the up position, do 50 times each side. You can find this exercise on the OWNER'S MANUAL WORKOUT DVD.

5) Nobody I know works out. I hate working out alone. Any ideas?
Post a note on the board at your gym or Craigslist for a workout partner or pick an activity you want to improve at and join a group. With the Internet nowadays there are groups of any and every activity you could think of, so put yourself out there and meet some new friends.

6) I want to do indoor cardio which is the best DVD for me?

7) I want to improve my bone density?

8) I want to improve my balance-how do I start?

Practice standing on one foot for 30 seconds and then switching sides. You can do this while you are talking on the phone. Lift your heels off the ground and balance on your toes, you can do this while you are in line at the grocery store. Then look to your left and then to your right. Try my BETTER BALANCE DVD it has 4 increasingly difficult levels to help you improve your balance tremendously.

9) Where else can I find you online?
You can type in "Joel Harper" in the search bar on the following websites:

doctoroz.com, oprah.com, realage.com, sharecare.com

10) What do you specialize in?
I tailor my workouts to maximize the potential of my clients. They range from yoga, Pilate's, martial arts, stretching, circus balancing, your body as your gym workouts, bands, water, kickboxing, balls and weights. I believe in continually throwing the muscles off to stimulate physical and mental growth, as well as, keeping the body energized and tension free.  




1) How hard should I workout when I am pregnant?
You should exercise at a moderate level of intensity. So try to remain at a level 7, on a 1-10 scale with 10 being the hardest. NEVER workout to exhaustion. You should be able to say complete sentences clearly. If someone were only listening to you, they would not be able to tell you were exercising.

2) Should I consult a doctor before I workout out if I'm pregnant?
Yes, most definitely consult your doctor and make sure that you are good to go and that your body is ready for it. Each person is unique and your doctor is the only person that can safely give you the green light.

3) Do you think it is beneficial to workout during pregnancy?
Yes exercise will have a positive impact on your physical and mental health. I want you to have a safe pregnancy and each pregnancy is different so you have to trust your doctor.. Be sure to take the following precautions.

1) Drink water.
2) Consume extra calories during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
3) Avoid exercise in hot or humid environments.
4) Do NOT exercise when you are sick or with fever.
5) Wear a supportive and comfortable bra.
6) Warm up before exercise and cool down after for 5-10 minutes.
7) Start slowly.
8) Exercise on an even surface.
9) Use a chair if you feel unstable.
10) Avoid contact sports.
11) Do not stretch or force the stretch.
12) Do not exercise lying flat on your back after the 1st trimester.
13) Breathe throughout ever exercise and avoid holding your breath.

For a more detailed list watch the YOU HAVING A BABY WORKOUT DVD.

1) Get a good pair of shoes, don't skimp. The comfort of your feet is
very important.

2) Take longer, steady strides. Land with your feet straight without
splaying which causes ankle injury.

3) Listen to music. It helps relax the mind and energize you.

4) Use your feet and ankles as springs. Resist pounding. Think floating.

5) Don't hunch over. Imagine a string pulling you from the top of
your head. You should be able to interweave your fingers behind your
tailbone without moving your shoulders.

6) Quit smoking. It is detrimental to cardiovascular health.

7) Rotate your torso as you jog it will give you a smoother stride.

8) Take deep breaths into your chest, don't only use your belly.

9) Have your arms at right angles don't pass the 45 degree angle.

10) Have your arms going straight ahead and not side to side. Don't
cross your arms over your center line.

11) Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. For a
more advanced workout breathe in and out through your nose. Never
breathe in and out of your mouth only.

12) Don't bring your ankles up above your knees, that wastes energy.