Mar 22, 2022
Tanner Guzy joins Matt & Niki to talk style & its effects on
how you look & feel. Check out Tanner Guzy and his style
Improving your style isn't about showing off or strutting
around. It's about self-respect and adorning your body with clothes
that help make you feel and look good.
Tanner points out that when he's looking and feeling good, he's
thinking LESS about his appearance and better able to be present
and really spend good time with friends and family. When he is
unhappy, he often IS focused about wishing or thinking he looked a
little more like this or less like that.
For Niki, she doesn't feel good when she does not uphold her
boundaries. These situations typically involve social interaction,
where she might eat or drink a little more than she otherwise
Let us examine what is often an indicator of someone not looking
and feeling good about himself. Baggy clothing is often used to
hide our unhappiness with how we look. It has another issue,
however, in that form-fitting clothing that enhances how we feel
gives us feedback about when we might be gaining a bit too much
Our clothing, when dressing in a way that enhances how we look,
thus helps provide us a natural metric for what we're doing.
A similar situation is the lifter who finally goes through LP and
starts putting on muscles and suddenly her clothes don't fit. While
she might think that she has gotten bulky and isn't happy with how
she looks, investing in a couple new outfits that flatter her new,
more muscular body will help show off her work, and help make her
feel good about how she looks.
For both training & style, people often look to celebrities
for "this is how I want to look." Tanner has a concept called
"aesthetic synonyms" for this. While the person is pointing to
something unachievable (he or she has a different body), Tanner can
help that person identify what resonates and how he can move closer
to that aspect for his own style (and for training, for his own
body & athletic development).
Related to this concept of style is authenticity. We don't mean to
boast, but we'd like to put our best selves forward. We don't
mistake humility for mediocrity, but rather aim high and work to
Authenticity may be hard to identify, but inauthenticity sticks out
like a sore thumb. We undoubtedly have all seen someone who turns
us off as inauthentic in promoting themselves, a product or
service, or an idea.
If you're a coach, it's important to be authentic and build trust.
The client is becoming vulnerable for you, so you cannot betray
that trust. Do not belittle or insult the client, but you also try
to bring that person's best self forward. Yes, the client has
identified something he needs to improve and actuate that
improvement. Your job is to move that person closer to the ideal,
building him up.
So, consider taking style more seriously, as it is a tool to
enhance how you look and feel.
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