Archive for May, 2011

CoolSculpting and T.U.G Fitness Challenge

vintage men's swim ad

Summer's just around the corner, so you know what that means… More beach time, pool parties, weekend visits to the family lake house, just alot of "shirt-off, shorts on" lounging. And with all the shirtless lounging that's about to take place you know you gotta "work on your fitness". So for the next few weeks we've teamed up with CoolSculpting and LSU graduate/former athlete/up-and-coming fitness trainer Starvos to bring you a few health and exercise tips to help get you in that "300/Spartan" type shape… or we'll atleast help jumpstart the process.

CoolSculpting presents T.U.G Fitness Challenge

Each week for the next 3 weeks, we're going to…

1. Commit to one or more small fitness/health change

2. Maintain a daily routine of "quicky" morning calisthenics

3. Bring you focused weekly workouts to Lose Fat, Build Muscle, or Combo (lose fat and build muscle)

T.U.G's Fitness Challenge starts June 1st– so go ahead and order your last $4.99 20-piece nuggets from Mickey D's (McDonald's) because on Wednesday we're eating healthy, cutting fat, bulking up, and getting seriously fit for summer.

As stated above we teamed up with CoolSculpting by Zeltiq for the T.U.G Fitness Challenge. And while the challenge officially starts June 1st, we're going to give you the rundown on CoolSculpting now. Long-story short, it's a really unique, Harvard scientist created, "lunch-time" treatment that freezes away stubborn fat, or more specifically "fat cells". So basically, you "coolsculpt" after you've exercised hard, eaten healthy, and still can't seem to get rid of excess belly fat and love handles… which admittedly is a problem for many people. It's safe, patented, and 100% non-invasive (totally opposite of everything here.)

In celebration of their new launch and the Fitness Challenge, CoolSculpting has a pretty sweet sweepstakes going on. They're giving away 2 free CoolSculpting treatments ($1500 each), REI giftcards, Fitbit, various workout gear (weights, bands, pull-up bars, etc), Nike AirMax kicks, Men's Fitness subscriptions, and much much more. So be sure to enter, HERE.

Checkout more CoolSculpting details below, and check back in 1 day to get started on our T.U.G Fitness ChallengeCONTINUE READING MORE >>>

European Street Style (+ New York)

Copenhagen, Denmark / Helsinki, Finland / Milan, Paris, France/ Barcelona, Spain / Vienna, Austria / New York, NY.

Copenhagen; simple spring style (rolls included)

Paris; Vintage traditional

New York; Prep Kid on bike

Barcelona; Spring/Summer Black– Dolce & Gabanna, Diesel

Vienna; Bright nautical

Copenhagen; Casualized hammertime

 

MORE PHOTOS (click there)–> CONTINUE READING MORE >>>

Old Baseball Footage: Hank Aaron, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, & Other Baseball Legends.

All this talk of baseball caps and history lead me to look at old footage of baseball games. I found a couple worthy to re-post.

 

Hank Aaron Wins the Pennant for the Braves:

 

Old Lost Footage (Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Roberto Clemente, etc):

 

Willie Mays, "The Most Famous Baseball Catch"

It is said that Willie Mays is the greatest baseball player in history, and I guess it has constantly been confirmed by other legendary baseball players. Mickey Mantle once stated that Mays was the best baseball player to have ever lived, and consistently maintained that Mays had the better career. Even players who didn't believe in perfection or being the best felt Willie was #1,"There has never been a perfect ballplayer. [But] Willie Mays came the closest to perfection."Joe Dimaggio. Read more about the great Willie Mays on his website, here.

Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron

Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth

American Needle: The Original Snapback + Giveaway

Snappin' is back. We've been talking about it for the past couple years, but 2011 is probably the more official year of snapbacks being on the scene for fashion kids and on the shelves of retailers that have kept their ear to the ground in terms of what's hot. The in-trend wearing of snapbacks got me thinking about the origin of the popular late 80s/early 90s style hat. After a little digging I found that snapback hats are thought to have originated in the mid to late 1800s– when different types of hats were being used for the old American pastime of baseball. At the time, several different caps were being used with the baseball uniform– straw hats, boating caps, cycling caps, jockey caps, etc. So a less modern, more basic version of the snapback might have been around.

Brooklyn Excelsiors  and New York Knickerbockers in 1858

The official baseball hat (as we know it today) was first worn by the Brooklyn Excelsiors in the mid 1800s, but the hat first became an official part of the baseball uniform on April 24, 1849 when the New York Knickerbockers unveiled their official club uniform.

old style (vintage) baseball caps

I guess if there was a "snapback" back in the 1800s, the "snap part" had to have been similar to the metal snap buttons you often find on windbreaker jackets. There is still some speculation on how far back the history of snapping baseball caps go. But what we all know for sure is that the famous snapback caps we know today came about in the 1980s, and were made popular by the hip-hop/rap music culture of the era. That's where American Needle comes in…

Tupac Shakur wearing an American Needle snapback

American Needle (AN) is the original snapback maker, and started selling "the snapback" everyone loves today in the late 80’s. The vast majority of the high fashion snapbacks of the time were American Needle designs. A lot of the hats were worn by musical icons of that era – even American musical icon Tupac wore American Needle's Blockhead style in the movie Poetic Justice.  And now, AN has brought back many of their originals for us to indulge in… pretty sweet, right? Moreover, they've chosen to giveaway 5, yes five of their original Blockhead style snapbacks to The Urban Gentleman readers. I mean, who doesn't love a free snapback?

To win: Follow on Twitter, Fan on Facebook, and/or sign-up for T.U.G Mail. Then simply comment or retweet. And as always the more ways you enter the higher your chances of winning. (winners are chosen via random.org)

I'm pretty intrigued by American Needle's history (In 1946, American Needle supplied the first Major League Baseball team caps ever sold to fans in a ballpark – in Chicago's Wrigley Field. ), and I'm very impressed by the vast array of hats they have. I've never quite seen an online retail collection of hats like theirs. They manage to cover most, if not all, historical style baseball hats. (plus you can search them in order from 1869 onwards, check that out here.) I actually felt like I got a mini history lesson just from perusing there website. Case-in-point: I didn't know that the Braves franchise was first in Boston, then Milwaukee, then moved to the best city for the team– Atlanta ;)

From left to right: 1908 Boston Braves, 1915 Boston Braves, 1934 Boston Braves, 1940 Boston Braves, 1946-1952 Boston Braves, 1953-1965 Milwaukee Brave, 1968 Atlanta Braves, 1974 Atlanta Braves, 1982 Atlanta Braves.

Read more of American Needle's history, and see some historical photos below –> CONTINUE READING MORE >>>

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Another holiday is around the corner– this time Mother's Day. Of course, as always, we have you covered with a gift guide.

The best way to approach gift giving to a woman, or just in general, is to think about what the person's interests are and to simply think back to what they've said they've needed… what's that one thing your mother or wife has been nagging you about? If she has everything she needs, what's the one thing you know she wants? Maybe she's been saving up for something– a new camera, a certain designer dress, well go ahead and get it for her so she can have the gift and keep the money she was saving.

Thoughtful gifts always get the best and most genuine reactions, they show you've been listening and paying attention. For example, if your mother or wife is going back to school– maybe get her a new laptop. And lastly, if she truly does have most things she wants and needs just get her something that fits her personality– if she's into fashion get her a new handbag, if she likes to "feel pretty" get her jewelry and perfume, if she likes unique things, something sorta out of the box– maybe an ice cream maker. Skies the limit, but we have a couple of ideas below in our…

Mother's Day Gift Guide:

 
ShopStyle

 

Also, check out eBay's Mother's Day Gift Guide if you're on a budget.

-or- Mother's Day Gifts on Amazon if you're in need of one-day shipping.

And you know we had to top of this post with the #1 classic Mother's Day song:

"A Song for Mama" by Boyz II Men

photo from SmallRoots

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