I look up to both of these guys. Having Jordan Harbinger and Brett McKay chop it up together for an hour was awesome. Here’s what I learned.
I’ve been reading Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis by Brad Gilbert. This part stuck out to me.
The player who understands the significance of gaining a small advantage (and of doing so repeatedly) might still underestimate the role that tennis equipment can play in helping you win more matches. Yes, you can bring the bare minimum, but any player who is serious about winning will go beyond the bare minimum.
I decided to make a quick list for my old high school team. I did some extra research and found this explanation from Gonzo Tennis very satisfying. Answering the question. Why even care?
If you’re heading over to the public courts for a quick rally or match with a buddy then don’t worry about what you bring with you (apart from a racquet and shoes) as there is no consequence for quitting early due to equipment malfunction or injury. However, if you are going into battle, so to speak, where winning might actually matter to you, you should have your tennis bag packed with these just-in-case items. Obviously, preparing for every eventuality is impossible so don’t bother trying. Keep the following basics in your bag and you can feel comfortable that you have taken reasonable measures.
10 Essential items
Credit: Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis by Brad Gilbert
I put together this tennis video at Red’s gym. I got my GoPro a month ago and have really been enjoying the features. My first video with my GoPro Hero 4.
Reds started in 1963. His goal is to make an improvement every month. There have been 624 improvements since 1963. Today Red’s is over 185,000 square feet. Every time I get onshore I go here 4-5 times a week. Red has built a world class gym in the 214th largest city in the US. It’s an amazing place and an good story.
“This place started off like Red Lerille’s Health Studio, then it became Red Lerille’s Health Club, then Red Lerille’s Health and Racket Club, and eventually people dropped all that shit and called it Red’s.”
Red’s Keys to Success
1. Arrive on time, ready to work
From Red Lerille: Painting the town Red,
“Every day, Lerille rises at 2:30 a.m. and rides one of his six bikes to the club to open it at 3 a.m. He works out for about 90 minutes before he hops on his bike for about 45 minutes of cardio and then pedals home. He takes a shower, shaves, eats breakfast and then heads to the 7 a.m. mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, down the street from his home. After mass, he heads to the private airport where he hangars the antique airplanes he restores and flies one for about a half-hour. Then, he drives back to Red’s, usually arriving by 8:30 a.m.—about the time many people are grabbing their first cup of coffee for the day.”
Credit Lara Hale
2. Say hello and goodbye
Red’s has 250 employees. Guess who opens up the gym every morning at 3:00 am. Red. He usually stays until 7pm, even on Sundays.
3. Make a change every month
“You gotta have a board, with some goals written down, you have to write your goals down.”
4. Learn as much as you can
When I joined the gym he gave me the tour personally. He handed me a book One Summer by Bill Bryson. It was fun read and chronicled the crazy events of 1927; from Lou Gehrig and the Yankees to Charles Lindbergh. Not just into fitness, his hobbies are building airplanes and motorcycles.
5. Stay in shape
He works out everyday. One of the pillar habits in The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg is exercising. Exercise has ancillary effects in your life that moves you to accomplish all other goals.
Red’s is an anchor for Lafayette. It has
Besides all that is has a world class tennis facility.
This place is amazing.
Two critiques I’ve heard are were the price and the bodybuilders. The former is an excuse, and the latter is an over generalization.
Compared to other gyms Reds is incredible for the value you get in return. You get a world class facility for a low cost and it gets better every month. That’s a high return on investment.
2015 was a great year. I learned to play guitar and backflip on a trampoline. I played tennis on red clay in Argentina and got my weight under 200 pounds.
This year I have set 10 ambitious goals.
“The boring, behind the scenes work, day in and day out, are what make you rich” – Ramit Sethi
My Goals for 2016
A part of me is scared that I won’t follow through. That small voice that tells me I can’t do it. Beyond that small voice is a deeper and stronger voice. It tells me that I’ve already accomplished them, I don’t have to do anything extra.
Trampoline Dodge ball. Need I say more. But I love this place so I’ll say more.
I leave this place dead tired and happy. Its a cheap workout, requires no equipment, and launching dodge balls at friends fucking rocks.
I work 3 weeks on and 3 weeks off. When in Lafayette I call my friends to get their asses kicked and then have some Pasados Margaritas afterword.
This place is very cool. It has 2 dodge ball arenas, a big area for jumping, a foam pit and some trampoline basketball hoops to work on your dunking.
They have started to have specialty nights. The one I want to try out is College Night on Tuesday nights. As well as dodgeball tournament nights.
The only way they could improve their location would be a few structural changes I have seen in other trampoline parks. A rope swing into the pit, a climbing wall over the pit or a Zipline into the pit would be cool. Also elevated boxes in the main jumping zone to sit on or jump off would be nice to add. In the waiting area they have started playing ESPN on the TV’s. Now only if they started serving Draft Beer…. all in the world would be right.
A man can only wish. But for now this place rocks and I’m glad it’s in Lafayette.