Here's a story by my Sun-Times colleague Kara Spak -- is Oprah shedding her pounds at the East Bank Club?
Oprah Winfrey said on Monday's show she was "putting herself back on my to-do list."
At the top of the list flashed on the screen -- a 6:15 a.m. workout at "EB."
EB as in East Bank Club, the cavernous 28-year-old Chicago workout facility where anonymous gym rats have spotted such movers-and-shakers as Winfrey, Barack Obama, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.
Winfrey said on Monday's show she was committed to 30 minutes daily on the elliptical machine and resistance training six days a week. She won't have to wait for a machine at the East Bank Club despite the 10,000-strong membership.
There are more than 450 pieces of cardiovascular and strength training equipment in the club's 20,000 square-foot cardio room. There are also four pools, a 60-foot golf driving range, tennis courts, a 1/4 mile running track and as many as 57 different fitness classes offered daily.
"There is nothing of this size with this level of service in the world," said Nathan Aydelott, EBC spokesman.