Born in Chicago, Harvey Walden IV joined the U.S. Marines aged 17 and completed his Basic Military Marine training (also referred to as ‘Boot Camp’) at MCRD San Diego, C.A.
Harvey Walden was a Drill Instructor at MCRD Parris Island, S.C. and has trained numerous platoons making men into marines and officers and ensuring recruits are fully prepared to meet the challenges of the battlefield by supplying the tools necessary to perform given tasks with efficiency, and the confidence to succeed in the face of adversity.
After serving for over 20 years in the Marine Corps, Harvey eventually retired in the summer of 2007 with the rank of First Sergeant.
As a motivational guru, Harvey always pushes his teams to their absolute limit and always set records with each platoon in drill and fitness tests, along with outstanding marksmanship.
Having undertaken extensive military training, his skills include: Scuba Diving, Parachuting, Survival Techniques, Teamwork and Leadership Skills, Weapons, Rappelling Expert and has black belts for various types of martial arts.
Harvey Walden maintains his own gruelling personal fitness regime everyday. He has a keen interest in General Health, Sports and Fitness and has played semi-pro American Football as a running back for the U.K’s London Mets.
Television – United Kingdom – ITV
Harvey is best-known in the U.K. for scaring the living daylights out of over-weight celebrities and contestants in ITV’s prime-time shows ‘Fat Club’ and ‘Celebrity Fit Club’ as his role as the expert fitness instructor.
Contestants included: Celebrity Astrologer – Russell Grant, Journalist – Carole Malone, Darts Champion – Bobby George, Celebrity Chef – Aldo Zilli, DIY Expert – Tommy Walsh, Politician – Anne Widdecombe, Broadcaster – Paul Ross, Former Soccer Star – Mick Quinn, and Broadcaster & Author – Anne Diamond.
Television – United States of America – VH1
In each episode the celebrities attend ‘Fit Camp’ where they take part in a range of physical and motivational activities designed to shed the pounds, increase team spirit and rivalry, and win prizes.
You’ll see them at home or work struggling to maintain their regime. And in each episode you’ll see them at the ‘Weigh In Ceremony’ where they’ll be individually weighed and judged by Harvey, Dr. Ian Smith and Dr. Stacy Kaiser
Harvey returns each season to make sure the Fit Club members get off their asses and WORK!
Harvey’s past celebrity recruits on the show have included:
Hollywood Actor – Gary Busey, Charles in Charge star – Willie Ames, America’s Next Top Model finalist – Toccara Jones, Sister Sister actress – Jackee Harry, Comedienne – Victoria Jackson, Former ‘Warrant’ lead singer – Jani Lane, Jackass & Viva La Bam star – Phil Margera, The Snapple Lady – Wendy Kaufman, Star of Grease – Jeff Conaway, Writer & Comedian – Bruce Vilanch, Daughter of Sonny & Cher – Chastity Bono, D12 Rapper – Bizarre, Actress – Kelly LeBrock, The Cosby Show’s – Tempestt Bledsoe, Rapper – Young MC, Soprano’s star – Vincent Pastore, Wilson-Phillips’ – Carnie Wilson, Loveboat Legend – Ted Lange, NYPD Blue actor – Nick Turturro, Baywatch star and Playmate – Erika Eleniak, Family Ties actress – Tina Yothers, American Idol runner-up – Kimberley Locke and of course Dustin Diamond!!!
A DVD presented by Harvey has been released in the U.S. to accompany ‘Celebrity Fit Club’. The Celebrity Fit Club Bootcamp Workout DVD has received great reviews and gives CFC viewers the chance to workout to a selection of Harvey’s fitness routines.
Harvey has been seen advertising his DVD on the world’s largest high definition screen in New York’s Time Square – Did you know that approximately 1.5 million people walk through Times Square everyday!
Harvey’s other television appearances include:
- E! Entertainment
- Celebrity Weakest Link
- FOX News
- CBS Entertainment Tonight
- NBC’s iVillage in the Loop
- The Maury Show
- The Star Jones Show
- This Morning
- SO Graham Norton
- The Wright Stuff
- The Tyra Banks Show
- BBC News 24
- Good Day – Fox TV
- ITV ‘Tonight’
Speaking Engagements have included:
- Speaking to San Francisco Police Department
- Speaking to Debenhams Fine Fragrance Staff
- Speaking to Proctor & Gamble UK
- Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
- Speaking at the U.S. Marines Marathon Expo
- Speaking at the Indiana Black Expo
- Speaking to Sam’s Club Employees
Harvey is available for:
- Speaking Engagements focusing on Fitness, Teamwork and Leadership.
- Personal Appearances
- Team and Company Fitness Sessions
- Advertising Opportunities