EppsNet Archive: LA Fitness

Are There Any Intelligent People Currently Living?

4 Aug 2014 /

I was at LA Fitness this morning . . . one of the TVs was showing an interview with Jameis Winston on ESPN. Winston is borderline retarded but thinks he’s articulate — a deadly combination.

He’s a very talented athlete. Just show clips of his athletic accomplishments. They’re impressive and fun to watch. Why would anyone want to talk to him or listen to him talk? The interviewer is paid to endure it, I get that, but why foist it on the viewing public? Maybe it’s the train wreck element. It was very painful to watch and yet I couldn’t look away!

Rarely is one person gifted in multiple ways. Some people are great athletes, some people are intelligent and interesting . . . the overlap between the two groups is very small.

Venn diagram: Athletic / Intelligent

Listening to Jameis Winston talk is like watching Milton Friedman take batting practice or Albert Einstein work on his five-step drop.

(I know the Milton Friedman and Albert Einstein references are dated but I’m having trouble thinking of anyone who’s a) highly intelligent; b) well known to the general public; and c) currently alive.)


What’s on Your Nightstand?

17 Dec 2012 /
  • Lamp
  • Clock radio
  • Extra pair of reading glasses
  • Business cards, mostly my own
  • 1 pen, 2 pencils
  • Post-Its
  • Vaccination record
  • Schedule of classes for LA Fitness
  • Two or three dollars in change
  • Nine dollars in Candian coins
  • 440 Indian rupees

Monday Morning Sets the Tone for the Week

25 Apr 2011 /
Treadmill

L.A. Fitness at 5 a.m. I don’t like exercising in a crowded gym. I also don’t like to get up early, but not as much as I don’t like exercising in a crowded gym, and if you get in there at 5 a.m., the gym isn’t crowded.

For 2011, I started doing different exercises every day of the week and changing up the entire workout every four weeks, instead of doing the same basic routine that I’d been doing since, like, forever.

I’m taking all major muscle groups by surprise on a regular basis. They have no idea what’s coming next.

If you’re not incorporating the element of surprise into your exercise regimen, you’re blowing a major opportunity.


Playing With Pain

26 Aug 2010 /

My son comes home from playing basketball at L.A. Fitness with what looks like blood all over his white T-shirt.

“Is that blood on your shirt?” I ask him.

“Yeah. A guy followed through on his shot and smacked me in the face.”

“So your nose was bleeding?”

“Yeah. I wiped it on my shirt.”

“That’s awesome.”

“I know. It’s sick.”