August 6, 2019

Greg Nuckols - Why you’re not as strong as your favorite lifter

In episode 33 of The Muscle Engineer Podcast I am joined by one of the nicest – and smartest – guys in our industry, Greg Nuckols.

Greg has over a decade of experience under the bar and a B.S. in exercise and sports science. He is currently enrolled in the exercise science M.A. program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He’s held three all-time world records in powerlifting in the 220lb and 242lb classes. Greg is also one-third of Monthly Applications in Strength Sport (MASS), a monthly research review he runs with Eric Helms and Mike Zourdos and is the main writer at, a website dedicated to providing you with practical, evidence-based information and resources to help you get strong, jacked, and sexy.

Topics discussed with time stamps:

3:35 Greg’s first day in the gym  -how much did he bench and other stories from his younger years

18:40 The influence of the environment you grow up in on your baseline strength level and the propensity for heavy lifting

27:45 Why are some people just baseline stronger than others?

43:40 The inability for people to accept that some are just more “gifted” when it comes to lifting weights

59:45 Instagram and balancing accurate information vs fishing attention for likes

1:05:18 The impact of structure (anthropometry) on lifts

1:21:30 Key ideas of this episode

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