Greg Nuckols, world record setting powerlifter and founder of Stronger By Science, walks us through his unorthodox career, the coolest strength sports, and bridging the gap between studies and what’s actually useful in the gym.
As the founder of Stronger By Science, Greg has reached hundreds of thousands of people by making strength research accessible. He’s built a career on bringing strength research to the masses, bridging the gap between what studies say and what’s actually useful in the gym. And his business largely grew by accident, which he thinks is perhaps its greatest strength.
Want to know the science behind hypertrophy, but don’t have time to earn a PhD? Trying to figure out which rep ranges really move the dial, but you’re not visiting a lab anytime soon? Greg has you covered. Greg walks us through his unorthodox career, the unexpected growth of Stronger By Science, podcasting, and the strength sport he thinks is objectively cooler than just about everything else.
In this episode of The BarBend Podcast, guest Greg Nuckols and host David Thomas Tao discuss:
- Greg’s early fascination with strength and lifting logs as a kid (3:15)
- The history of Stronger By Science and its transition from a personal blog to full-time job (5:10)
- Greg’s current training regimen (8:44)
- The sport Greg wants to compete in next (“an objectively cooler sport than powerlifting”) (11:00)
- Who really makes the most complaints in strength sports judging (14:44)
- Straddling the gap between “pure” strength sports and evidence based fitness — and why those communities are different (17:08)
- How growing unintentionally proved to be Stronger By Science’s biggest advantage (18:51)
- Greg’s favorite topics to research and write about (21:57)
- Why having a narrative is so important, even in research writing (27:27)
- The purpose of the Stronger By Science podcast (31:15)
- The risk and reward of inside jokes (37:08)
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