The modern-day gym was born in Ancient Greece. But more than just a center devoted to physical training, their gymnasion was once a school of many disciplines, where trainees would also discourse on subjects of philosophy, literature and music. To the early Greeks, “exercise” referred to the notion of holistic self-improvement, and the symbiotic relationship between a person’s two halves isn’t too hard to understand: the mind cannot thrive if the body is neglected.

Additional contribution by Jack Seemer and Michael Finn.

Today, it’s more important than ever to revisit the Greek school of thought, which valued the conditioning of both body and mind as one, and encouraged the personal pursuit of health and well-being — even after graduation. For the modern man (that’s you) that means sucking it up, going to the gym, and training smart. This isn’t an apology for baseless self-worship, or your ticket to becoming an iron-pounding jackass. It’s about finding balance and discipline. Of course, the everyday fitness center has changed a bit since classical antiquity (for one, people wear clothes), but the overarching principle is the same: the gym is a place to train. So whether you’re into lifting weights, or prefer a few rounds of high-intensity racquetball, here’s the best gear for a holistic workout to get back in shape and enjoy your time doing it. In six months, you’ll realize that you’re already on your way to a better you.

The Essentials

178D Set-Your-Own Combination Padlock by Master Lock $13
Kinetic Boxers by SAXX $37
Ultralight Sport 3/4 Crew by Farm to Feet $17
Vapor Crew Neck Tee: by Ryu $57
Van Cortlandt Shorts by Tracksmith $60
Ascent Training Shoes by Athletic Propulsion Labs $200
Classic Duffel by Topo Designs $129
SoundSport Wireless Headphones by Bose $149

Extra-Curricular

Latex Swim Cap by TYR $5
Lynx Eyewear by Wilson $10
F2 Swim Goggle by Roka $25
Vibe Jammer Trunk by Nike $54
JK-2 Knee Brace by Zamst $58
T3 Boxing Gloves by Hayabusa $100
Krusher Racquet by Wilson $50
Pro Aluminium Jump Rope by Rogue Fitness $90

Hydration & Nutrition

Grass-Fed Beef Jerky by The New Primal $14
Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Bar by Bobo’s $4+
Vacuum Insulated Bottle by MiiR $30
Electrolyte Drink Tablets (Box of 4) by Nuun $20
Shroom Tech Sport by Onnit $26+
Grass-Fed Whey Protein Powder by Naked Whey $90

Cleaning Up

Herbal Freeze Spray with Arnica by All Good $12
Matte Pomade Paste (4-ounce) by Imperial Barber $21
Body Fuel by Kiehl’s $20
Pack-It Sport Wet Dry Fitness Locker by Eagle Creek $27
Adilette Slide Sandal by adidas $23+
Purifying Scrub by Schaf $40
Moisturizer by Schaf $45
Dopp Kit (Small) by Joshu + Vela $78

Walking Out

Slim Sweatpant by Reigning Champ $110
Yarn-Dyed Stones 3/4 Sleeve Raglan by Jungmaven $84
Weekender Hoodie by Outdoor Voices $100
Meara Crew Socks by Stance $16
574 Sport by New Balance $110