The Key to Making Gains is Not Talking About it

Listen, I get it. I really do. You work out your chest on Monday, do a beach workout on Friday, and probably take creatine every day in between. You have your pump up playlist on Spotify, and probably just bought the new Beats By Dre Bluetooth Power Beats to workout in.

The gym is a magical place. Its made Jen Selter famous, caused me to lose my baby fat, and allowed players like Bonds and McGuire to hit home runs on a swing the average player would pop out to right field with. But actually, it’s a place where anyone can run off some steam, get an early pump in, or just feel good about his or herself.

The word associated with the gym I hear most often is “gains”. The definition of “gains” is essentially the results one wants to see from hitting the gym. Whether it’s gaining weight, losing a pant size, increasing a vertical, or squatting a certain amount, there is always something one needs to improve on.

Honestly, I wish everyone worked out. I enjoy walking into the Penn State gyms and seeing a multitude of beautiful girls on every elliptical and across every ab-mat. The spring break countdown is cool; the social aspect of it doesn’t disappoint, and it’s also a healthy way to spend an hour of a day you’re most likely going to drink away after 9 pm.

I’ve been around the block when it comes to working out. I’ve had trainers, taken classes, worked out on my own, not worked out, etc. Through all my years of working out I’ve really only been able to come to one conclusion about making gains. Yes, everyone has different body types, different goals, and different reasons for going to the gym….However..

The key to making gains at the gym is NOT talking about your gains. I promise you, it will work out better for you in the long run. Yeah, who doesn’t love the occasional snap story at the gym, or the 6 AM rise and grind workout? I’ve been there, you’ve been there, let’s face it: We love other people knowing we’re working out while they’re most likely smothering their faces with bagels and buffalo chicken.

Buuut…you want to make actual gains? Keep the gym talk to yourself. I would love to hear about your 5 team 20 dollar parlay that won you a bottle of Goose at Saloon, or your fantasy football player who had 3 touchdowns. I would love to hear about the girl you bagged the other night, or the reason you bogeyed the last hole instead of birdying it. Just don’t walk into the room telling everyone how much you squatted last Tuesday.

We celebrated America’s birthday this past weekend…and now it’s time to celebrate chest day at your local gym.


If Data Isn’t Your Biggest Frenemy You’re Doing It Wrong


I was out the other night with a dying phone, when all of the sudden I felt a vibration in my left pocket around 11 pm. Debating whether I should waste my precious battery to check my phone, I realized I obviously was going to. I mean…its 11 o’clock: I’m not gonna not check who texted me at this drunken point in the night.

Was it a booty call? Nope. Was it my boy asking for a late night Mick Dick’s run? Nope. It’s the Verizon Wireless automated message informing me I have used 75% of my monthly data. Give.Me.A.Fucking.Break. I’m only a week and a half into the month and I’ve already used more than half of my internet. Problems like this should have been fixed in 2009.

Please, Verizon, inform me what I do that takes up all this data. Is it the steady refreshing of Snap Chat stories at work, or the consistent double taps of the girls who are “10 worthy”?

Don’t get me wrong though, data is essential. It’s what allows me to get U.S Open updates during dance recitals. It’s what lets me follow a rare Red Sox come back during my brother’s graduation, and most importantly: data grants sorority girls around the country the rights to never miss a tweet, Instagram, or Facebook status.

My addiction to data aligns side by side with a 20-year-olds relationship to alcohol. It’s abusive. It’s essential. I can’t picture my life without my good friend Captain Mo…I mean the 5 GB of cell data I’m blessed with from above.

The 25th of each month hits, and my data has most likely 90% abandoned me. My monthly bill renews the 12th, which usually leaves me around three weeks of protecting data like I want men and women to defend our country.

So please, Mr. Verizon, all I ask is to not make my texts green at the end of each month. Allow me to geo-tag my naturally beautiful town, or filter my Instagram that may or may not get 100 likes. Permit me to refresh my ESPN app after every at bat, or open messages from that over active kid in every group me.

Good luck, all you data savages. May the odds of universal Wi-Fi be in your favor.

Ric’s DraftKings Lineup–6/22

Welcome to the site everyone. My name is Eric Lesser, a junior at The Pennsylvania State University here to give you the keys to success in daily fantasy baseball (probably not but at least I would like to think I am).

Pitcher: Michael Pineda, NYY, $9,300

Both Kershaw and King Felix take the mound tonight: but for a much cheaper, more valuable play the pick tonight is Pineda. Pineda takes on the JV Phillies lineup tonight, in which should be blow out in the Bronx. After coming off a 9 K performance last week against Miami, look for a similar performance against the leagues last place team.

Pitcher: Hector Santiago, LAA, $7,200

Santiago’s been pretty hit or miss this season; however, he brings in a 2.77 ERA heading into tonight’s matchup against the Astros. With a 4/1 K/BB ratio for Santiago, he’s definitely a solid play for tonight’s 10:05 start time. Also, the Astros have to go back to being the Astros again soon, right?

Catcher: Salvador Perez, KC, $3,200

Perez is hitting a solid .280 this year for the Royals, and after a day off yesterday he should be fully rested heading into tonight’s matchup against the Mariners. Hopefully the Royals can knock King Felix around a little bit so Perez can get a few at bats against the bullpen.

First Base: Adrian Gonzalez, LAD, $3,900

Something has to be off if Gonzalez is going for the same price as Mark Trumbo, but I’ll take it. After a 2/21 slump Gonzo went 3/4 with a HR last night against the Giants. Look for the slugger to return back on track tonight against the Cubs.

Second Base: Robinson Cano, SEA, $4,200

Cano has had a disappointing .243 average with only 2 HR this season for Seattle. With limited teams playing tonight, it only makes sense to draft the former all-star second basemen in tonight’s lineup.

Third Base: Kris Bryant, ChC, $4,000

Bryant faces off against Kershaw in tonight’s matchup against the Dodgers. After going 0 for his last 13, look for him to bounce back tonight against the former Cy Young winner. Do you guys all remember how far Joey Gallo took Kershaw deep last week?

Short Stop: Carlos Correa, Hou, $3,900

If you aren’t a believer in the 20 year old Houston short stop, you should start to be. The prospect is hitting a fat .304 in his last 10 games, with three stolen bases coming in one game this past weekend.

Outfield: Nelson Cruz, SEA, $4,900

I love Cruz tonight in the Mariner’s game against Kansas City. How about he delivers a couple of bombs and gives King Felix a little bit of run support, eh?

Outfield: Yasiel Puig, LAD, $4,000

The Cuban slugger has been scorching hot since his return from the DL a couple weeks ago. Keep riding the Puig train until he gives us reasons to believe otherwise.

Outfield: Mike Trout, LAA, $5,300

I didn’t take Kershaw or Felix tonight for reasons like this guy. Trout is the best player in baseball, and going on 9 games without a dinger. I wouldn’t be surprised if Trout has a Trout night tonight, going 2/4 with a HR 2 RBI and a stolen base.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your lineups. Obviously if rain looks like it will fall the lineup will change, but this is what I’m going with tonight. Let’s take home some cash and call it a night…