Blessings by Lecrae + Urban Gent Gym Style

My current warm up and cool down gym song…. 


 

Blessings by Lecrae

Urban Gentleman Gym Style

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

Nike Cold Weather Campaign: #GetOutHere

As the season shifts from chilly fall to frosty winter, it's natural to want to stay warm indoors. While this reaction to cold weather is logical, it can be pretty bad for the midsection. I mean, it's called a "winter body" for a reason. Nike's #GetOutHere campaign is the solution for these excuses. It encourages people to brave the cold with their new gear that keeps you both warm and dry while training outdoors. 

We were lucky enough to head to Chicago to train with Nike and use some of the new gear first-hand. We got to try the Nike Pro Hyperwarm Compression tights, the Nike Pro Hyperwarm fitted top, and the Nike Therma-Sphere Max Training Jacket.


The Nike Pro Hyperwarm Compression tights and Nike Pro Hyperwarm fitted top are made with breathable Dri-Fit Max fabric and thermal mesh that wicks away sweat and keeps you warm. Trust me, they both did their jobs while we were battling the wind chill factor in the Windy City. But my personal favorite piece of training gear was the Nike Therma-Sphere Max Training JacketIts slim fit and stretch fabric let you move freely, and its Thermal Dri-Fit fabric wicks sweat. The lightweight 3-layer composite fabric keeps you warm while the DWR (durable water resistant) finish keeps you dry in rainy conditions.

Since this is The Urban Gent, style and function go hand-in-hand. Nike is known worldwide for providing both quality and style, and the products from this collection don't disappoint. Offering different color ways, I'm sure you'll find something that fits your personal style. So get some dope new gear, and #GetOutHere. After all, summer bodies are made in winter. 

 

By Chike Ibezue for The Urban Gent

T.U.G Fitness Challenge Spring 2011, Week 3

 

This is our final week of the T.U.G Fitness Challenge by CoolSculpting. :)

So let's recap:

Week 1 Workout: Burn Fat

Fitness Health Change: No more fast food (ex. replace all your burgers and milkshakes for sandwiches and smoothies).

Week 2 Workout: Build Muscle

Fitness Health Change: Drink 10 glasses of water daily -and- eat 5 or so healthy meals/snacks a day instead of just 3 big ones.

So for Week 3 we're going to focus on combination– lose fat/gain muscle workouts.

Fitness Health Change: Be more manual-– meaning…don't always take the elevator take the stairs (get a leg workout in), park a little further away from the store/building (a little extra cardio), if it's not too hot walk home instead of taking the subway, do some yardwork, cut the grass and trim the hedges… basically do things the basic, more manual way, you'd be surprised how many extra calories you can burn and muscle you can gain by doing simple things like this.

 

3 COMBINATION WORKOUTS

(burn fat and build muscle)

WORKOUT #1: Push-up/Row/T

1. Hold a light pair of dumbbells with your palms facing each other, and get down into the push-up position.

2. Perform a push-up.

3. Pull one dumbbell off the floor and toward your body until your elbow is above your back.

4. Then lift the Dumbbell toward the ceiling while rotating your torso in the same direction so you face the side. (Your body should resemble a T.)

5. Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side.

· Do 8 to 10 reps.

 

WORKOUT #2: Push-up/Mountain Climb/Squat Jump

1. Do 10 push-ups

2. Staying in the push-up position bring your feet closer to your head until you body forms an upside down V.

3. Pump your feet and run in place, moving your feet a total of 20 times.

4. Stand up and place your feet shoulders width apart. Bend your legs until your thighs are parallel to the floor. 

5. Push yourself back up and jump. Land softly on your feet. Do 10 reps

· Repeat steps 1 through 5 a total of 3 times.


WORKOUT #3: Squat Shoulder Press

1. Stand holding dumbbells at your sides, with your palms facing each other.

2. Lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor. (be sure to bend at the knee and NOT the waist. KEEP YOUR BACK STRAIGHT by keeping your eyes on a focal point on the ceiling)

3. As your push yourself up, forcefully pull the weights upward and catch them in front of your shoulders. The weights should roll to your fingers and your elbows should point forward.

4. Stand, (pause.) Press the dumbbells over your head.

5. Lower the weights to the starting position and repeat.

· Do 8 to 10 reps.

CoolSculpting SWEEPSTAKES:

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.

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