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.
After 18 months working offshore…
My Packing List
-PPE: Personal Protective Equipment, i.e. Hard Hat, coveralls, steel toed boots, and safety glasses
-Toiletries: vitamins, melatonin for nights when you can’t fall asleep, deodorant, toothbrush, shampoo, body wash, razor, shaving cream,
-Neck pillow for the van/helicopter ride to and from the rig, Sleep anywhere is good
-Aeropress for coffee, grinder, and whole bean coffee
-Kindle and a paper back book
-Clothes: extra socks and underwear, extra pair of shoes and t-shirts, fleece for cold days, workout clothes, they do laundry for you, but they sometimes lose stuff, so bring extras
-Electronics: extra pair of headphones, 1 TB hard drive for swapping stuff with rig hands
-Healthy snack food, icebreakers ice cube gum, sunflower seeds, bag of mixed nuts and dark chocolate.
-Adapter for the European, Korean outlets onboard.
-Fitbit to track steps onboard
-Small notebook to take notes in, or tally book.
-My guitar, for after my shift
Dip and cigarettes, protein powders, pre-workout, bandannas, game for the Xbox Live
Flip Flops for shower, Breathable clothes, boxers, tee shirts for under coveralls, blanket for the unit or the bed, hand and baby wipes, lots of tampons, teas
What you cannot bring:
Knives, Alcohol, drones, guns, chemicals, fireworks.
2 Chipotle Bowls a Day: The (Delicious) Power of Routine
When I first read the headline I thought that’s a great rationalization for being obsessed with Chipotle. My next thought, I want Chipotle right now.
Before you also get the craving and leave know that this Jazz Drummer and Entrepreneur inspired me. A year ago I set a goal to write more. I accomplished that goal using his method for lowering activation energy and setting up an easy routine/system.
Yoni’s creative process begins with his Chipotle system to save time and mental energy.
“Anchoring your routine around something by eliminating unnecessary choices to consume and shift mental and physical energy toward the projects that truly deserve them.”
Routines provide stability and channel your energy.
Yoni’s 2 bowls a day Chipotle routine inspired me to set a writing routine while I was stuck working on a Drillship.
He makes an interesting analogy with jazz drumming: his fundamental drum beat is Chipotle. All the variations and creative fills occur because of his fundamental beat.
Besides making me want Chipotle, I reflected on the time I devote to planning, buying, preparing, cooking, eating and cleaning up for meals. This is probably why I write more offshore than when I am onshore. I love to cook, but it definitely cuts back available time and energy to write.
Achieving creative bliss by lowering Activation Energy
Yoni eats healthy delicious meals, then put his time toward being a professional drummer. When I first read this article about a year ago I wanted to begin writing more on my blog. So I decided to set up a system.
–Write 2 sentences a day
If I wanted to write more each day I would, and I usually did. But setting such an easy goal made it laughably easy. And as my man Mr. Money Mustache has said,
” small efforts, repeated over time, will almost always surprise you.”
Sometimes I don’t write on days, but I’ve never stopped by being discouraged because the goal of 2 sentences was so low.
Lowering the activation energy of those tasks by eliminating the excuse that I don’t have time has proved to be the catalyst for incorporating writing into my daily routine.
I have a word document saved on my computer called 2 sentences a day. I am now at 119 pages and 67,000 words.
Yoni has his 2 bowls, and I have my 2 sentences.
My preference at Chipotle:
Chicken Fajita Bowl with brown rice, black beans, corn salsa, tomatillo green salsa, lettuce and guac.
Always finish Strong.
The Yoni Dina Chipotle Routine on Art Of Charm.com
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
- a basketball court
- 4 large swimming pools
- boxing ring
- racketball courts
- coffee shop
- 2 yoga studios
- Pilates stuio
- Cycling studio
- Outdoor obstacle course
- Day Care
- 6 squat racks and full sets of bumper plates
- MIT which is basically its version of crossfit
Besides all that is has a world class tennis facility.
- 20 outdoor courts (14 hards and 6 clay rubico)
- 3 well lit indoor courts with a viewing gallery.
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.
- Red’s over delivers on value. Those that say it’s too expensive just don’t want to go to the gym. That’s fine, but don’t tell me about how your free week at reds was amazing, and you really wish you could afford it. I paid a one time $230 joining fee. And I pay a monthly fee including meals and tennis court of around $80 per month. You get a world class facility for a low cost and it gets better every month. That’s a high return on investment.
- “Oh Red’s, isn’t that just a meathead gym”. It is a bodybuilding gym, but its a lot more than that. Red’s foundation is bodybuilding. He was 1960 Mr. America after all. Their are serious bodybuilders there and they do stand out, but to be honest they are maybe 5% of the total membership. And I’ve never had a bad experience with them. I think the critique is based on the assumption that if you are big you do steroids and act aggressive. I’ve found Red’s to be a community of like-minded people trying to improve everyday.
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
- Sit lower level at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open
- Drink XX beer while relaxing on a hammock on a Beach in South America
- Eat a Bratwurst at a Professional Baseball Game with my Dad
- Film, edit and upload 3 tennis videos to YouTube
- Record and post a Podcast on ITunes
- Write, edit and publish 15 new articles on this blog by writing 1,000 words a day
- 20 Pullups
- 100 pushups
- Squat 250 5x
- Weigh 180 pounds
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.
Collectively Tim and Neil have 9 NYT Best Selling Books. I listened to this podcast while walking on the helipad after my shift at night. I had to stop and take notes on my phone because what they were saying struck a strong chord with me. I have used these tips to begin writing 20%-30% more daily. These tips are about time-management, creativity, and productivity.
The Podcast Episode
Make 3 drafts of your work
a. 1st draft is for you. No one else will see it. Be as honest as you possibly can with it.
b. 2nd draft is for your readers. Avoid making the cardinal sin in writing. Boring the reader.
c. 3rd draft is for your critics. Cut off your enemies at the pass. Have you research and arguments be rock solid.
Example: To address feminists accusing The Game as misogynistic, he prefaced each chapter with a quote by preeminent feminist scholars and their interpretation of the issue he was going to address in the chapter.
Every time you are interrupted it takes 45-60 minutes to get back into the groove
Leave your phone in the other room and silent when you are working. Have your writing space be uncluttered. Isolate yourself.
White Shoes principle
When things get challenging, every human instinct pulls you to do something less hard. For instance, to go clean your white shoes. For me when tasks get challenging I make popcorn. I realize now that when things get tough I can reframe it, “I can do that in 10 minutes”. The craving will go away.
When a question hits you, write it down on a sticky note, don’t open up the Browser
When writing avoid doing impromptu research. Instead, make a list while you write of all the things you want to research. Then give yourself 30 minutes to research all those topics.
Read more fiction
People who like Ferris, Strauss and Robert Greene tend to read a lot of Self-Help. I am a busy guy and I want my lessons in bullet points. But for millennia, humans have learned lessons through stories and tales. A good story can teach you empathy.
The Tim Ferriss Podcast, Ep 15: Neil Strauss, Author of The Game
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.