Take Five at the Club: Ike Marr
Tell us a little about yourself
I am a full time musician, dad, and partner. I play with an act called Ike & Martin. We play a good bit around the Lake, and tour nationally all year round. I also play with a project out of San Diego called For The Sender headed by a wonderful artist named Alex Woodard with members of bands Nickel Creek, New Found Glory, Switchfoot, Foo Fighters and Father John Misty to name a few. My son Gunnison is 9, and my daughter Clover is 3. My partner Stephanie is the Executive Director of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, so she has the “real job”.
What made you Choose Tahoe Club 100?
The only gym I’ve ever belonged to has been Susan and Randy’s private gym that used to be across from the High School, and now here at Club 100. The reason I chose your place, was because I hate the gym environment and the peacock-ing people that go along with that. I wanted to make a life change for my health and fitness without being around a bunch of gym-rat- douchey types walking around looking at themselves in the mirror (like Randy does 😉
But the main reason I chose Club 100 is Eufay Wood of High Octane Training.
Take 5 Questions
What drives you to work-out?
A: At first, it started with my son. We started him on skis at 21 months old, and now he’s a pretty serious skier. At 6 or 7, I was following him on the Hill and decided I wanted to do that for as long as possible. I didn’t want to be the dad that couldn’t keep up with his advancing son on the mountain. I know it’ll happen sooner or later, but staying strong will keep me in the game longer. Also just a feeling of well being and health. As a musician, I have a screwy schedule and can tend to do some damage to my body (liver), so I feel like having my ass kicked a couple of times a week by Eufay may offset how awful I treat myself.
What’s your proudest fitness moment?
A: I think my proudest fitness moment was when I taught Eufay the finer points of stage presence and air guitar. Real pro moves like finger pointing and the Windmill. He’s been working on it a long time, but when I stepped into the gym, he knew he had a real pro on his hands, and we were able to make some great progress in a short amount of time. Now he could walk into pretty much any Karaoke situation and do some real damage.
Favorite Exercises or Piece of Equipment? Why?
A: I think my favorite piece of exercise equipment is a tossup between the cappuccino machine, and the black leather couch. It’s hard to know which one I really use more. The cappuccino machine is always there for me though. I remember on New Years Eve, I was headed up Kingsbury, and they had the road closed. So I just pulled into Club 100, opened the place up with my magic magnetic door key, and made a coffee. Then I sat on the couch for a while, which is where you can find me on Tuesdays and Thursdays in a semi-conscious state after Eufay has taken out all of his hatred and aggression out on me. So… yeah, they are both very important to me. On New Years, I was able to rest up enough to walk across the street to Mott Canyon and get a few shots of tequila and a beer. I may have even ordered some fried cheese that night.
What’s your Favorite work out song, artist or album?
A: Eufay and I really like Gangstergrass. Look it up. It’s a hybrid of hip-hop and bluegrass. It’s cool stuff. But really, anything is fine that allows “Fay” to fall into his alter ego of “The Reverend”. One of Eufay’s hidden talents is the spoken word. He has the ability to take pretty much any song, and speak it back to you like a Southern Baptist minister while you are trying to push/ pull/move very heavy things around Club 100. Picture a bald, all-fired-up Al Sharpton, yelling the words to a Lynyrd Skynyrd song in your face, while you are trying to push 300 pounds off of your chest. It is truly inspirational, and an integral piece of my training puzzle.
What’s in your Gym Bag?
A: I don’t really carry a gym bag, per se. I think it would slow me down when I was trying to outrun Eufay on his grumpy days. But I do carry these 5 things with me every day to the gym.
First, my checkbook. Eufay is very expensive and if he does not get his money, he will punish me.
Number 2 is the water bottle. This device holds some type of voodoo elixir that Eufay peddles on all of his clients called “HEED”. No one really knows what it is or what it does, but there is speculation that it is a combination of random stuff from under his kitchen sink (Borax maybe?) and dryer lint from his laundry. It tastes similar to the nether regions of an old, homeless, soft-shoe street dancer from New Orleans (according to Sarah Lofgren), but Eufay says it’s good for us.
Item number 4, my telephone. The phone allows me to call 911 for an ambulance when I am in too much pain and/or cardiac arrest from a Tabata or TRX session. I can also use it to call my broker in order to sell some stocks to pay Eufay his money, or to call the Police in case…
Item number 5, my pocket knife, has not shanked Eufay deep enough to stave off one of his attacks from not being able to pay him his money for the training session or the “HEED” he forces on us that he mixed up in his garage.