This week, Mid Rivers Newsmagazine talks with Ed Eubanks. At 69 years old, Eubanks works at the St. Peters Rec-Plex as a lifeguard, a passion he’s had since he was 16 years old. Ed works at the Rec-Plex four days a week, starting at 4:30 a.m. and working around seven hours a day, after waking up at 3 a.m. to work out. Eubanks has been a lifeguard, personal trainer, public speaker and also is the inventor of a workout system called “1 Minute Workout.” He lives with his wife, Diane, in St. Peters.
What topic could you spend hours talking about?
I could spend hours talking about fitness. I’ve always believed that it’s good to be fit and healthy, and I’ve seen so many of my classmates that have passed on and so many that are not able to be active and are having all these issues. They’re having aches and pains, but we all have aches and pains … We have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get going again to keep ourselves fit and healthy. That’s why I exercise and train. I even have a system that I put together to help people achieve better health, and that’s my trademarked slogan, “Bless yourself with better health.” I have been asked by doctors at Logan University about fitness and how to help people stay fit and healthy. I take every opportunity that I can to tell people to just do a little bit every day. My system is called, “1 Minute Workout” and I have a website, oneminuteworkoutbyede.com. If people will give me 1 minute a day, 7 minutes a week, I can exercise every muscle in their body like they spent 20 to 30 minutes on a machine and do it safely and effectively. Fitness is one thing I could honestly talk about for hours.
Where do you usually go when you have time off?
I’m usually mowing my yard or mowing my daughter’s yard when she’s busy with the grandkids. We’ll also take the grandkids and help them do different things. I’ve been blessed to work with them, teach them how to swim, teach them gymnastics, work with my grandson [on] his martial arts, and anything else they want to try. I love to keep them fit and healthy. I’m just trying to stay out there and do things that keep our minds sharp.
Have you ever saved someone’s life?
Yes, absolutely … Especially days where there’s a slip or a fall, or maybe [a swimmer] goes underwater and can’t right [himself] and you just have to go in and grab them out of the water, which happens a lot, then it’s nice to let them know, “Hey, you’re safe. You’re okay.” The first thing we say to them is, “It’s okay, I’m a lifeguard. I’m here to help you.” … We scan the entire Olympic-sized Rec-Plex pool in about 10 seconds. We’re doing that at least six times a minute, scanning up and down the entire length, surface to bottom. Every lifeguard does that. It’s about helping people that may have an issue at any time.
What is some insider knowledge that only people in your line of work would have?
I always say to the people that I really respect – like the people who come in and swim laps every morning or the people that come into the gym and are trying to do their best to stay fit and healthy, or maybe some people do water walking, which a lot of people do for rehab – I always like to say to them, “There are 73 trillion-plus cells in our body and they replace themselves every two to three years. So, starting today, you can be a brand-new person from the inside out if you start doing something healthier today.” We need to move, and we need to keep moving. Your body is like a pair of pliers. If you throw them in the yard and just leave them there, eventually they’re too rusted to move. I try to keep moving every day, or I’ll just rust and stay in place. If I can do anything to motivate people to move on a regular basis, that’s want I want to do.