December 21, 2015

Tight Club Check In: Brad Ando

Take a peek inside the Tight Club community, each week we’re checking in with one of our crew to learn what they get up to when they’re not slamming balls or crushing burpee challenges. These are the people that motivate you in class when sh!t gets real. From OG’s to newbies, here’s their inside scoop.

Meet Brad.

Brad Ando

What is Tight in your life?

I ate this awesome ice cream sandwich that I am pretty pleased about. It was all holiday-ey with eggnog and butter rum ripple ice cream surrounded by ginger cookies.

Signature Move?

When I was growing up, the only sport I played was basketball. The tragedy of my youth was that I was profoundly vertically-challenged. My height would would stay sub 5’0” until well into high school. Since becoming taller was outside my control, I focused my energy on becoming more agile. Speed footwork like Step-Step-Stalls are very nostalgic for me.

Brad Ando

Something people might not know about you?

I used to think the prawn tempuras were deep fried baby mermaids. My family used to eat at this Japanese restaurant in Richmond when I was a kid. Sometimes if we were eating with family friends, we would get this big set that came on a wooden boat. It had a bunch of different things and was intended for sharing.

It had some sushi rolls, some tempura, and some random orange slices. The food being served on a boat and the shape of prawn tempura coupled with The Little Mermaid being my main exposure to sealife might have influenced my thinking patterns. I don’t think this anymore but I still don’t like eating seafood.

What’s your favourite workout song?

As a child of the 80s, one of my favourite movies was “The Goonies”. Truffle Shuffle. Baby Ruths. Pinchers of Power. All of that 80s gold. Fast forward to this year, which fate would have it, happens to be the 30th anniversary for the movie. I find myself in Astoria during a road trip down to California. So now my workout playlist is full of songs with a Cyndi Lauper sort of vibe. Chvrches - “Empty Threat”. Grimes - “Kill V. Maim”.

Brad Ando

What’s your spirit animal and why?
Hazel from Watership Down. Not rabbits in general, just Hazel. When I first read Watership Down, I easily related to how Hazel approached various obstacles by tackling them in roundabout ways. I aspire to be such a clever rabbit.

Who would be your celebrity best friend?
Anthony Bourdain. We would geek out over food together. If you ever had to wait for a table at Phnom Penh, you will probably have spotted his autograph on the wall. He loves their chicken wings, so we have that in common.

Brad Ando

Favourite way to procrastinate?
Netflix marathoning through a TV show. Their autoplay next episode feature is brilliant. “Ok Netflix, just one more episode. Seriously this time, after this I really have to be a responsible adult and get off my ass.” *4 hours later* “...crap.”

What was the last thing you read?
After loving Aziz Ansari’s Netflix show “Master of None”, I decided to pull his book “Modern Romance” from my constantly expanding to-read pile. I was expecting amusing anecdotes from his love life instead I got an examination into the psychology of texting and swiping as it pertains to dating in present day. It was a little bland. I give it 3 out of 5. Sidenote: the show is a 5 out of 5.

If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
NYC. Shake Shack. Momofuku Milk Bar. Muji. Smorgasburg. The High Line. Gallery 1988.

Brad Ando

What does The Tight Life mean to you?
Do you remember the Hakuna Matata time of Simba’s life in The Lion King? He doesn't have any worries and he spends his time chilling by a waterfall, eating grubs, and hanging out with his best friends, Timon and Pumba. It would be easy to think that is the tight life. But I think the tight life is best captured in the movie when Simba chooses to leave the Hakuna Matata life in order to face Scar. Being true to yourself and showing up to what matters is what it is all about. Maybe it is getting in shape or maybe it is stopping your fascist uncle, in either case, it all begins with not settling for the status quo.

What is your fitness goal?
I’m pretty simple when it comes to fitness. I just want to be in strong enough shape to get through class without throwing up. Keighty almost succeeded my first class. Ever since then, I am driven by my desire to never feel like that again.

Brad Ando

What is your favourite Christmas/holiday memory?
During my childhood, my mom would let my sister and I open one present a day early on Christmas Eve. Our little Christmas family tradition. As soon as we woke up on Christmas Eve morning, my sister and I would sit in our pajamas next to the tree. We would carefully inspect the size of each present, the weight of it, and even the sound it made when we shook it in our little hands. After careful deliberation, we would open our pre-Christmas present.

My sister chose this small box that had a spherical shape that protruded from the sides. She was a chocolate fiend as a child and she thought it was Terry’s Chocolate Oranges. She slowly peeled back the wrapping paper like Charlie Bucket peeling back the corner of his birthday chocolate bar. It started to dawn on her that the box wasn’t quite right. Instead of a delicious ball of orange-flavoured chocolate, she held a small desk globe. The look of disappointment was equal parts tragic and hilarious.

Thinking of that Christmas amuses me to this day. I don’t even remember what I ended up unwrapping that morning. It doesn’t even matter in comparison. That will forever be the Christmas that she wasted her Christmas Eve present on a globe.

Photos by Valerie Lina Photography.

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