Performance Upgrade: The Experts’ Picks

Our panel of pros share their favorite products you should have your eye on

Corey Calliet, Ilaria Urbinati and Noa Santos

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Recently your pals at InsideHook partnered with our pals at Lexus to bring you a handy series called Performance Upgrade, in which we asked celebrated experts in three different fields to regale us with helpful advice on how to level up various aspects of our lives.

From personal style to physical fitness to interior design, our panel of pros delivered, dropping not only knowledge on how we regular blokes should think about these disciplines from a philosophical standpoint, but also on the specific products they co-sign to help get us there.

Below, you’ll find a few of their favorite things — let them be your jumping-off point in a journey toward a more stylish, fit and tasteful existence. In simpler terms, they’ll help you become a guy in great shape with cool clothes and an envy-enducing home.

Style: Ilaria Urbinati

The stylist who dresses Donald Glover, Ryan Reynolds and the Rock gives us the items every guy should have in his closet this season.

Have a little fun with it — it’s just clothes. The second you overthink it, everything starts to feel off because it’s just too much anxious effort as opposed to a carefree, effortless feel.

Ilaria Urbinati
Rag & Bone Fit 2 Classic Chino Performance Upgrade: Experts' Picks

Fit 2 Classic Chino
Rag & Bone

Greats Royale Knit Sneakers Performance Upgrade: Experts' Picks
Charlie Wang

Royale Knit Sneakers

Saint Laurent Shark Collar Silk Shirt Performance Upgrade: Experts' Picks

Shark Collar Silk Shirt
Saint Laurent

Sandro Suede Jacket Performance Upgrade: Experts' Picks

Suede Jacket

To check out our full interview with Ilaria, which is chock full of tips and tricks on how you can inject some leading-man swagger into your wardrobe, step right this way.


The 2019 Lexus RC

Back in the day, a car was a way to get from point A to point B. Nowadays, we expect them to feature every modern convenience imaginable. Instead of balking, Lexus embraced the challenge — by delivering the 2019 RC. Are you helpless without your apps and virtual assistant? The RC integrates them seamlessly. Worried about standing out in a sea of sedans? Lexus underwent a full-blown fascia redesign, starting with a more angular, imposing front grille. And if you’re purely interested in performance, don’t worry: the RC borrows some tricks from the revered LFA supercar while remaining a singularly smooth and accessible ride.

The redesigned Lexus RC is an exercise in performance upgrades. To learn about the rest of them, head over to their website and take a full tour.

Fitness: Corey Calliet

The trainer who transformed Michael B. Jordan into Adonis Creed drops knowledge on his workout essentials.

Understand that it’s gonna take the sacrifice of not doing what you’ve always done or what you always want to do to get to that next level. No pain, no progress.

Corey Calliet
Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4 Performance Upgrade: Experts' Picks

Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4

Hyperice Hypervolt Vibration Massage Device Performance Upgrade: Experts' Picks

Hypervolt Vibration Massage Device

Beats by Dre Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones Performance Upgrade: Experts' Picks

Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones
Beats by Dre

Nutribullet Balance Performance Upgrade: Experts' Picks

Nutribullet Balance

To check out our full interview with Corey, which is packed to the brim with his advice on becoming your most shredded self, step right this way.

Design: Noa Santos

One of New York’s leading interior experts shares his must-have items for churching up your home and/or office.

Good design is a dialogue. You should affect the space you’re in, and your space should then affect you. Both positively.

Noa Santos
Ralph Lauren Home Luke Decorative Boxes Performance Upgrade: Experts' Picks

Luke Decorative Boxes
Ralph Lauren Home

1stdibs "Jorge" Modernist Style Bar Cart Performance Upgrade: Experts' Picks

“Jorge” Modernist Style Bar Cart

Tiffany Diamond Point Double Old Fashioned Glasses Performance Upgrade: Experts' Picks

Diamond Point Double Old Fashioned Glasses

Samsung The Frame TV Performance Upgrade: Experts' Picks

The Frame

To check out our full interview with Noa, which is bursting at the seams with recommendations on taking your pad to the next level, step right this way.

Custom Portraits of Ilaria Urbinati and Corey Calliet by Ricky Lesser
Custom Portrait of Noa Santos by Sarah Van Liefde
Vehicle image courtesy of Lexus