Gentleman's Workout

Let’s be realistic. It’s the week between Christmas and New Years – you’re not going to beat your personal best mile time. Instead, consider employing The Gentleman’s Workout: Pack a gym bag. Leave it in the car. Find the closest steam room. Enter it with one large bottle of chilled water. Drink it. Take a cold shower. Enter the steam room with a second bottle of chilled water. Drink it. Take a slightly warmer shower. Utilize all toiletries/razors/ combs-in-jar-0f-blue-liquid saves/q-tips available in the locker room and, if applicable, enjoy a stiff cocktail in the clubhouse before returning home for a much-needed post-holiday workout feast.

Here are a few of our other humble suggestions from 2011…


The Rules of Etiquette Circa 1866
In search of a proper etiquette guide, we had to go all the way back to 1866, with Martine’s Hand-Book of Etiquette, and Guide to True Politeness.

Python Holy Grail

The Rules of Courtly Love
Then, to get to the real heart of chivalry, we had to go all the way back to 1184, when the French poet Andreas Capellanus wrote down the Rules of Courtly Love…


The Rules of the Hug
The hug or the handshake? It’s a question every man faces down at some point in his life. So we decided to offer a little wisdom.


The Rules of Layering
It’s still cold out there, and you still need as many garments as you can fit on your body. Here’s our take on layering.


The Rules of Singing “God Bless America” at Baseball Games
Just because baseball season’s over doesn’t mean it’s any less urgent. The sooner we stop this song, the better.


The Rules of the Ponytail
Along with tattooed eyeballs and stenciled back hair, we banned male ponytails once and for all. Except in these five cases…

Aldan Shank

The Rules of Bike Style
And in case you feel moved to mount a bicycle this winter, you can check out our primer on bike style, courtesy of Seattle’s premiere bike boutique.


  • Russell Brandom
  • C. Brian Smith