Gent’s Condition

Vol. I - The Back

By The Editors
June 13, 2016 9:00 am

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Things a gentleman always does at the gym: spots, re-racks and wipes down a machine after use.

Things he never does at the gym: monopolizes machines, hits on women or audibly grunts.

This isn’t Fury Road; there are rules. You should know them.

You should also know dress codes, best practices and the odd pro tip. All of which you’ll find in Gent’s Condition, a four-part fitness guide made in tandem with our friends at Samsung 837.

Each edition will focus on one major muscle group.

Today: put your back into it.


A strong, healthy back starts with proper vertical alignment. Wear the Lumo Lift. It vibrates gently to remind you to sit or stand straight when you’re slouching, counts steps and records how long you sit, stand, sleep or run using a wireless sensor that connects to a free mobile app.


No fancy gym membership? No multi-paycheck home gym? No excuses. Here’s an easy home back workout that requires naught but tenacity, a couple towels and a makeshift pull-up bar made out of a broomstick.


“A scene from TRON.” “The playground of the future.” “An experiential wonderland.” Those are but three of the phrases our NY editor once used to describe 837, a Meatpacking District experiment in retail hosted by our friends at Samsung. Inside: virtual reality roller coasters, a fully-loaded recording studio, a sci-fi kitchen and a three-story screen made of 96 55-inch screens. The kicker: nothing is for sale. 


Started by Puma and Rapha vets, Tracksmith weds modern tech with vintage track-and-field silhouettes to achieve a line of gymwear that doesn’t require intimidating grunts and a tribal armband to complete the look. You’re looking at their Signature Tech Tee, a lightweight mesh number with a handsome cross-body stripe and smart rabbit logo.


The killer combo of protein and caffeine (don’t worry, won’t make you spontaneously combust) in this Banana Latte Coffee Smoothie will give you a little morning pick-me-up before lifting.


  • 1 serving Vanilla Vega Protein & Greens
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¾ cup coffee, room temp or cold
  • ¼ cup milk or milk substitute
  • ½ cup ice

Combine all in blender; blend until smooth.