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Save Duplin County, Become Vegan.


I found myself unexpectedly watching a documentary on Netflix titled, "What the Health". And, well, basically… we should all be vegan. 


Here's some interesting things I learned:

Protein comes from plants and when we eat animal meat we're just eating recycled protein. Alot of the biggest strongest animals in the world – Elephants, Rhinos, Gorillas all eat plants. You can pretty much heal yourself of alot of diseases, sicknesses, and illnesses by eating a plant based diet, which consists of mostly vegetables, fruits, rice, and beans. 

– The part that was super disturbing was what "Big Pork" (the pork industry) is doing to the people of North Carolina. Literally pigs are fed pigs and lakes and rivers are overflowing brown water from pig shit. Pig shit in ponds. Pig shit everywhere just so you can have those two pieces of bacon with your meal during that weekly Sunday bottomless mimosa brunch. Pig shit is sprinkled through the air daily via sprinkler systems and it's killing ALOT of people, and they (Pork industry and the North Carolina government) don't give a f&*k. Oh yea and the water is still poison in Flint… just in case you forgot… cuz I know you forgot. 

– Another disturbing fact is that the USDA, The American Cancer Society, The American Diabetes Association, Susan G Komen Breast Cancer, and others are sponsored by the very companies, brands, and products that cause their respective illnesses and deaths. In fact their focus is mostly on prolonging life with the diseases, instead of curing and eliminating it all together (via prevention or proper diet). They want you to continue to eat shit and have life-long prescription drugs (so "they" can make those stacks on stacks on stacks).  Also, the government is paid hundreds of millions by these industries (meat, dairy, etc) every year. 

The older I get the more I realize how America really is just one huge business. That's the beauty of it, but it's also the ugly of it. Anyway, I never thought I'd be about to make a transition into vegan life, but I mean, is there even really a choice? For educated people, people who have health issues and take medication, and folks that simply want better in life– it's the only sensible option. One huge perk, besides potentially saving your life, is that you'll save lots of money too. Yes, it's VERY very possible to eat healthy for the low, checkout this article.

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

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.



(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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