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Research Review: Greg Nuckols on the “Mind Muscle Connection” and Muscle Building

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Research Review: Greg Nuckols on the “Mind Muscle Connection” and Muscle Building

If you want to know what science has to say about how effective the mind-muscle connection is for building muscle, then you want to listen to this podcast.

In this episode, I speak with Greg Nuckols who’s a world-record holding powerlifter, researcher, and coach, and one of foremost authorities on the science of strength training.

Greg also produces a fantastic monthly research review along with Dr. Eric Helms and Dr. Mike Zourdos, called MASS (, and in this interview, Greg is going to break down one of the studies analyzed in their review.

The study he’s going to discuss looked at what many people call the “mind-muscle connection” and how it relates to muscle and strength gain. In this discussion, Greg explains what the mind-muscle connection is, what this study has to say about it and how that squares with the rest of the literature, how you might incorporate into your training and what to expect from it, and more.


4:30 – What are cues and the mind and muscle connection?

11:43 – What’s the value of cues if you’re already lifting at a high RPE?

18:37 – What are your thoughts on how external cues help muscle growth?

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What did you think of this episode? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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