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Podcast #111: Greg Nuckols on the Best Way to Get Jacked

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Podcast #111: Greg Nuckols on the Best Way to Get Jacked

There aren’t very many people in the fitness space who I think everyone should follow, and my guest on this episode, Greg Nuckols, is one of those people.

I’ve been reading his work for about a year now and really appreciate what he’s doing. When I have a question, his site, Stronger by Science, is one of the first places I check for an answer before venturing off into literature.

As you can guess, I was really excited to get him on the podcast to talk about what he specializes in: the science of getting bigger and stronger.

And specifically, I wanted Greg to address a hot topic these days, and that’s the relationship between gaining strength and size.

In other words, does maximizing muscle strength also maximize muscle size, or as many people say, is strength training rather poor for making your muscles bigger.

I get asked about this all the time and there’s a lot of misinformation out there, so I thought this would be a worthy discussion, and as expected, Greg knocks it out of the park.

As you’ll see, he breaks down the relationship between strength and muscle growth and gives simple, practical insights that you can immediately apply to your training to get bigger and stronger, faster.

Greg also touches on a number of other interesting topics such as how motor learning affects our progression in the gym, how important adequate sleep is to muscle growth, how to manage personal expectations and break through plateaus, and more.

So, if you want to get stronger and gain muscle as quickly and enjoyable as possible, then I think you’re going to like this interview.

Here it is…

TIME STAMPS

YouTube:

2:39 – What is the relationship of building muscle mass to building strength? Is there a ratio? How does it change from beginners to veterans?

9:07 – How do our motor skills influence our strength gains?

20:19 – What advice do you have for beginners on gaining full body strength?

25:11 – What advice do you have for intermediate and advanced lifters to continue building muscle mass and strength?

27:51 – How does your sleeping habits affect your muscle mass?

32:59 – What are some psychology studies on how your personal expectations affect the results of your strength?

40:49 – What advice do you have for intermediate and advanced lifters who have hit a plateau on building muscle mass and strength?

43:59 – How can people connect with you and find your research?

MP3 Audio:

5:15 – What is the relationship of building muscle mass to building strength? Is there a ratio? How does it change from beginners to veterans?

11:43 – How do our motor skills influence our strength gains?

22:55 – What advice do you have for beginners on gaining full body strength?

27:47 – What advice do you have for intermediate and advanced lifters to continue building muscle mass and strength?

30:27 – How does your sleeping habits affect your muscle mass?

35:35 – What are some psychology studies on how your personal expectations affect the results of your strength?

43:25 – What advice do you have for intermediate and advanced lifters who have hit a plateau on building muscle mass and strength?

46:35 – How can people connect with you and find your research?

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  • JJ82

    While he does seem somewhat knowledgeable I have the opinion of physician heal thy self meaning why is he talking about being jacked when he’s not jacked himself? He looks like an overweight powerlifter (aka fat guy with good forearms). I love the concept of power building but these straight powerlifting guys are overweight not jacked. Not trying to be rude. They know how to lift but clearly the pillars of diet and conditioning are not mastered by them which is why they shouldn’t give advice about being jacked.

    • Have you seen Mark Rippetoe? Both Ripp and Greg school everyone with their knowledge and experience and are perfectly capable of practicing what they preach. They’re also strong as hell and have helped boatloads of people get strong and pack on serious muscle. Getting cut is not their focus, and I wouldn’t doubt for a moment that they are perfectly able to get shredded if they chose to do it.

  • Sheetal

    Nice podcast thank you – interesting chap and very clever. Love hearing and seeing guys like you Mike and others in the fitness community who actually talk sense and scientifically and don’t just come across as empty headed bros!
    Can I get your opinion on my workout plan I’ve been doing BLS for few months but have a lagging upper body (no idea why my lower body squats deads etc is coming on well). So I’ve decided to mix up your plan a tiny bit and do a Chest & Back day, Legs & Abs, Shoulders & Arms day and for my 4th day of lifting an extra upper body day consisting of weighted chins, weight dips, close grip-benching and shoulder raises… (I cant fit any more days in lifting as do 3 short HIIT cardio sessions about 20-30mins 3x week and a busy time-consuming job!) do you think that’s a sensible useful idea? Or any tweaks? Appreciate the help and support Mike & your team. PS they’re a great team too I had a nice chat with someone before on the Legion site about one of your products!

    • Thanks so much! I am glad you value people like us in the industry. Your workout seems sensible, but if you are looking for more ideas, check this out:https://www.muscleforlife.com/how-to-build-a-workout-routine/
      So glad you like BLS and I appreciate your support of Legion! Would you mind taking a minute to write a blurb about the book where you bought it (Amazon, Apple, etc.)? You don’t have to write much if you don’t want to and I’d really appreciate it.

      • Sheetal

        Absolutely thanks – good luck with it all.

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