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Matt, Niki & Andrew answer your lifting & life questions. Topics include best pants, jeans, & shorts (for men & women), forearm pain from lifting, what to do between sets, and song to rally at a dance party.
Don’t Fear the Barbell: Managing Your Mind Under the Bar - The Voluntary Hardship Series
Matt & Scott discuss fear of the lifts, especially heavy, PR attempts.
Different people have different fears of different lifts based on history (repeated failure or past injury) and simply how they feel about the lift. Lots of people, for example, are afraid of heavy squats. There’s something about a heavy bar on your back and that you’re folded over in the bottom and--even with properly set safety pins--there’s just no graceful way to fail a squat.
Style & The Appearance of Power with Tanner Guzy - The Voluntary Hardship Series Bonus Episode
Men’s style coach Tanner Guzy joins the show to share some tips for improving your style and making sure you are highlighting the physical gains you’ve worked so hard to make in the gym.
Tanner offers an online style course for men as well as one-on-one coaching (he even helped Matt frame his baby blues). You can also take a free quiz on his site to determine your style archetype.
Also be sure to pick up Tanner’s book on the intersection of style, power, and masculinity, The Appearance of Power: How Masculinity Is Expressed Through Aesthetics.
Any time you mention style around a group of men, there’s an inevitable mixture of bemusement, eye rolling, and genuine interest. Many guys proclaim (or perhaps complain) that they dress “for comfort.” They just want to be comfortable, they say, and aesthetic concerns are subordinate, even anathema. Tanner argues that style and comfort are in fact closely related, and men often mistakenly believe that you cannot have both.
The foundational principle of style, he says, is context. Understand who you are, what you do, and where you do it. Your geography, culture, profession, body type, and personality all affect your individual style choices. While Daniel Craig may look dashing in a bespoke dinner jacket at the Casino Royale Montenegro, an IT professional from the American midwest would look ridiculous in the same. Where a mid-level corporate worker could elevate his style with a sport jacket or better fitting slacks, a freelance programmer would perhaps fit in better with a nice pair of chinos and chukka boots. Context matters, so the more you understand where you fit into your own society and culture, and what’s realistic for your climate, the better your style choices will be.
When coaching men, Tanner also takes personality into account. He divides style into three broad archetypes: rugged, refined, and rakish. Each describes the intersection between personality, cultural values, and profession. The refined man exudes effortless confidence with fine but subtle clothing choices, whereas the rakish man proudly displays his rebellious spirit with bold, fashionable clothing styles. Each can dress well, to be taken seriously, and in a way that enhances his individuality.
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Be Like the Mule - The Voluntary Hardship Series
If you’re failing early in LP, you have to ask yourself: are you working hard enough? Some symptoms of not working hard enough might be not uploading your failed sets to your coach & failing reps early in LP (like the first 6 weeks). This often occurs with people who think a lot in their work. No thought will help you move from the bottom of a squat to the top of a squat besides a simple cue.
Motivation over Discipline - The Voluntary Hardship Series
It is popular these days to laud discipline and the ability to endure suffering. The problem with this is that it ignores people’s values and preferences. Some people can bear more hardships, but others are drawn to certain types of hardships. Some people--gasp--like running, and many lifters do not.
Confidence Matters: Strength Training’s Greatest Benefit - The Voluntary Hardship Series
One of strength training’s biggest benefits is CONFIDENCE. As people grow stronger, overcome difficult things, and build a more capable body, they tend to carry themselves differently and bring confidence to other areas of their lives.
Very entertaining podcasts but even more so a thought provoking one. I enjoy the wisdom, the bantering, and the classy humor. Without Question one of the most enjoyable podcasts to motivate me, to enjoy my love for fitness, and to encourage me to keep going. With love from Michigan. Jordan.
If you are looking to get stronger and into better shape, this is where to find out how!
Great Information! Love the military series