Check-In: How's It Working Out? Ophira and Jonathan discuss attempting to workout at home but the obstacles to doing so effectively aren't exactly what you might expect.
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JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: From NPR and WNYC, coming to you from beautiful Brooklyn, N.Y., it's NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and trivia, ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Now here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.



Hey, Jonathan.

COULTON: Hi, Ophira.

EISENBERG: Hi. So this is it. I'm working out at home. I'm trying to make it happen.

COULTON: Oh, this is it. This is it.

EISENBERG: This is it.

COULTON: Now you're serious. Here we go.

EISENBERG: So I have to wait till my son goes to bed because there's no extra rooms.

COULTON: Right. You don't want to work out in front of anybody.

EISENBERG: Yeah, so it doesn't matter what time is my optimum workout time. It will be 9 p.m.

COULTON: Ugh, all right.


COULTON: Yeah, it's already - it's not looking good.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

COULTON: I'm usually in my jammies by then.

EISENBERG: But, you know, I guess, like, the workout video I chose, of course, is going to have some stuff where you are doing abs on the floor.


EISENBERG: And it's already impossible because as soon as I'm on the floor, I'm able to look at my floor.

COULTON: (Laughter) Yeah, if it's anything like mine, it has crumbs and maybe some pet hair or just like dust bunnies and...



EISENBERG: Crumbs. Like, a pea that somehow made it across the length of the apartment from May. I don't know.

COULTON: Right, yeah.

EISENBERG: I can't stand it.


EISENBERG: So then I press pause, and I get out the Dustbuster or the broom. And so I'm doing that, and then I'm like, OK, back to the workout (laughter).

COULTON: Yeah, right. That's great. That's great.

EISENBERG: So I've done this - I've done it three times now, and I can't get over the cleaning. So I'm wondering if there is - should I just brand a cleaning workout? Is this my next million-dollar opportunity...

COULTON: I mean, listen...

EISENBERG: ...To put something out there? (Laughter).

COULTON: If you are on your hands and knees cleaning the floor of a Brooklyn apartment, that's actually pretty solid core work.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Maybe I need to brand the - I don't know - Cleaning Core or, yeah, Sweep and Strength.


COULTON: Yeah. My patented physical program. You are guaranteed to have very strong arms and extremely clean toilets.

EISENBERG: Oh, that would be great if everything started off with, like, hey, everybody, are you ready for your workout? OK, today we're going to do the ceiling fan. You're like, what?

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: Then I could brand all my things. It's like, if you would like to make this easier, you should buy our...

COULTON: Right, my weighted ceiling fan cleaner.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Exactly.

COULTON: Which is, like, a 15-foot pole.


EISENBERG: That's right. That you...

COULTON: And it's very heavy.

EISENBERG: Right. So that you would put it over your shoulders and do some squats and then put it upright and do a little clean. This is brilliant. I am...

COULTON: Yeah, this is a great idea.

EISENBERG: Wait a second.

COULTON: This is a great idea - just extra-heavy cleaning supplies.

EISENBERG: Like these. I have on - these are 30-pound headphones that I have.

COULTON: (Laughter) I'm noticing you're holding your head a little funny, yeah.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Yeah, it's a lot.


EISENBERG: I'm getting a shoulder and neck workout (laughter).

COULTON: Well, yeah. Good news for you - now that you're wearing those weighted headphones, you're about to get a serious workout because we're about to do a show.


EISENBERG: We have a great show today. From "The Closer" and the new sitcom "Call Your Mother," our special guest is actor Kyra Sedgwick. And what will we talk to her about? You guessed it - goats. Also joining us, comedians and actors Sunita Mani and John Reynolds. They'll answer questions about Internet trends from the last 15 years. It's a game that will make our Gen Z listeners go, huh? But before that, we'll find out if our first two guests know their cheesy Hallmark movies, which I know is redundant. Let's do it.


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