SNR #78: Greg Nuckols – “Bulking”, Recovery & How Stress Affects Your Gains

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SNR #78: Greg Nuckols – “Bulking”, Recovery & How Stress Affects Your Gains

Episode 78: Powerlifter Greg Nuckols of Strengtheory is on the show to discussing eating to gain weight and strength, recovery strategies, the importance of sleep and how stress affects your gains.



Guest Bio

Greg Nuckols 



Greg Nuckols has over a decade of experience under the bar, and a BS in Exercise and Sports Science. He’s held 3 all-time world records in powerlifting in the 220 and 242 classes, and is currently pursuing his MS in Exercise and Nutrition Science.

He’s trained hundreds of athlete and regular folks, both online and in-person. He’s written for many of the major magazines and websites in the fitness industry, including Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness,, T-Nation, and

Furthermore, he’s had the opportunity to work with and learn from numerous record holders, champion athletes, and collegiate and professional strength and conditioning coaches through his job as Chief Content Director for Juggernaut Training Systems.

His passions are making complex information easily understandable for athletes, coaches, and fitness enthusiasts, helping people reach their strength and fitness goals, and drinking great beer.

 In this episode we discuss:

  • Greg’s background in lifting
  • The problem with strength athletes gaining weight as fast as possible
  • The importance of sleep for strength athletes
  • The role of stress on recovery and performance
  • What messages should be more prevalent in the fitness industry
  • Greg’s recommended resources

Links & Resources:

Bartholomew (2008) – Strength gains after resistance training: the effect of stressful, negative life events

The Renaissance Diet – Mike Israetel

Alan Aragon’s Research Review

Strength & Conditioning Research Review

SNR #43: Dr. Mike Israetel – All You Need To Know About Nutrient Timing

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