The Change Up: Getting Over the Plateau


There comes a time in a gentleman’s life when he realizes that his physical health and physique are important. In this moment, he may feel the need to lift some weights, jog on the treadmill for a few miles, or (if he’s bold) take a workout class of some sort. But hey, let’s face it- exercising can be a pain. Especially when your never-ending cycle of weight lifting or treadmilling has left you without results and even worse- bored. Whether you lift big like The Rock or prefer to take a more Richard Simmons approach to exercise, there is one thing that is essential to becoming the most in shape you: change.


“Change is good”, the cliché of all clichés, applicable to anyone going through a breakup, getting a drastic haircut, or even just ordering a different sandwich from Subway. However, it is super relevant to your workout regimen. Sticking with a workout plan is very important, but being able to change it up is even more important. When you do the same type of exercises for a long period of time, your muscles reach a plateau. Meaning they get comfortable with what you’re doing and don’t need to work as hard, therefore, inhibiting their growth. What does this mean for you? Less results and less motivation to continue on. This is when you need to change up your plan. To:

  1. Surpass your plateau.

  2. Get better results.

  3. Increase motivation.

  4. Avoid getting bored.

Luckily, there are millions of ways to go about this. All you need is a little determination, and maybe a cool new pair of kicks. That always helps! Here are a few ideas for you to try.  

1) Revert To Your Old Ways

Sometimes going back to a routine that you have used in the past is a perfect way to rev up your results. If it has been a while, it’ll be as if it a completely new workout.

2) Use Fun To Your Advantage

There are fun things to do in this world (besides buying clothes) that actually help you get in shape. Adding in a hike, going kayaking, hitting up one of those cool trampoline parks, or playing a sport recreationally are all great ways to burn extra calories and beat that plateau.

3) Find Inspiration

Pick up a copy of a men’s fitness magazine or check out Internet for new ideas. These platforms are all loaded with new workout routines that can help you change it up.

4) Get A Workout Buddy

No, not from craigslist. Start lifting with a friend of yours who has a different workout style than you. Working out with a friend can help motivate you and the change in routine will challenge your muscles.

5) Take A Class

Workout classes come in all shapes and sizes. For example, there's CrossFit, spin, or Zumba classes. They can be really freaking hard, but are a good way to spice up your routine.


Changing up your workout is essential to continue your progress and advance toward your individual health goals. Even small changes can yield big results that you will be able to see. Boredom should never be an option, whether it relates to your clothes, to your life, or to your workout. Don’t fear change, embrace it.


By Max Rutcofsky for The Urban Gent

OVERDUE: 3 Ways To Wear Your Scarf

Many guys have asked me how to wear their scarf, and I’m finally displaying 3 options.

First start off by folding your scarf from a square to a triangle, then choose from one the styles below:

The Basic.
To achieve this look simply drape the scarf around your neck and tie in the back.

The Side Knot.
To achieve this look, drape the scarf around your neck and the tie the scarf in the back, but as you’re tying the scarf bring the knot to the front of your shoulder, then loosely tie it again. At this point you can arrange the scarf to look similar to the picture above.

The Modified Basic.

Tie this scarf like you tie “The Basic”, but much looser. And after its tied fold the pointed end under, then slightly mold the scarf to look like the picture above.

There are other ways to tie a scarf, but these are 3 easy to do options. You can purchase a scarf here. *Special thanks to my friend Julian who got dragged into this spur of the moment quicky “photoshoot” in midtown Atlanta.

*The “scarf” above is not meant to reflect any religion, race, or creed. It’s called “scarf” and is used as a “scarf” in fashion worldwide and in most english-speaking countries. The Urban Gentleman apologizes if this offends you, please feel free to look away or scroll down if these photos are unbecoming to you.

Urban Gentleman Basic RECAP: How-to-tie-a-tie

With the many events you gentleman will be attending this Fall/Winter I figured it would be nice to recap on some of the basics… like how to tie a tie. Click HERE.

An Urban Gent Basic: How-to-tie-a-tie

This is a topic that half you may be pros in while the other half are amateurs. Tying a tie is a basic that every Gentleman, especially an Urban Gentleman, should know how to do.

Simple picture instructions:

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Windsor Knot

The Windsor Knot is a thick, wide and triangular tie knot that projects confidence. It would therefore be your knot of choice for presentations, job interviews, courtroom appearances etc. It is best suited for spread collar shirts and it’s actually quite easy to do.

While just about everyone can use this tie knot to tie his tie, it looks especially well on men with longer necks as its wide form shortens the perceived height of the neck a little bit.

The wide end “W” should extend about 12 inches below the
narrow end “N”. Cross the wide end “W” over the narrow end “N”

2) Bring the wide end “W” up through the loop between the collar and your tie; then back down.

3) Pull the wide end “W” underneath the narrow end “N” and to the right, back through the loop and to the right again so that the wide end “W” is inside out.

4) Bring the wide end “W” across the front from right to left.

5) Pull the wide end “W” up through the loop again.

6) Bring the wide end “W” down through the knot in front.

7) Using both hands, tighten the knot carefully and draw it up to the collar.

2. Half Windsor Knot

The Half Windsor Knot, a modest version of the Windsor Knot, is a symmetrical and triangular tie knot that you can use with any dress shirt. It works best with somewhat wider ties made from light to medium fabrics.

To tie the Half Windsor Knot, select a tie of your choice and stand in front of a mirror. Then simply follow the steps below:

1) The wide end “W” should extend about 12 inches below the narrow end “N”. Cross the wide end “W” over the narrow end “N”.

2) Bring the wide end “W” around and behind the narrow end “N”.

3) Bring the wide end “W” up.

4) Pull the wide end “W” through the loop.

5) Bring the wide end “W” around front, over the narrow end “N” from right to left.

6) Again, bring the wide end “W” up and through the loop.

7) Bring the wide end “W” down through the knot in front.

8) Using both hands, tighten the knot carefully and draw it up to the collar.

3. Bow Tie Knot

The Bow Tie Knot is used to tie a bow tie and is worn to give you a formal and elegant appearance. A “black tie occasion” such as a wedding is an event that you would commonly wear a bow tie at, along with a tuxedo.

The proper size should never be broader than the widest part of your neck and should never extend past the tips of the shirt collar.

1) Place the bow tie around your neck, situating it so that end “A” is about two inches longer than end “B”.

2) Cross end “A” over end “B”.

3) Bring end “A” up and under the loop.

4) Now double end “B” over itself to form the front base loop of the bow tie.

5) Loop end “A” over the center of the loop you just formed.

6) Holding everything in place, double end “A” back on itself and poke it through the loop behind the bow tie.

7) Adjust the bow tie by tugging at the ends of it and straightening the center knot.

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