Podcast 063: Mike Israetel & Greg Nuckols: Genetics Round Table

The genetics round table – Mike Israetel & 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, trained hundreds of athletes and regular folks, both online and in-person, written for many of the major magazines and websites in the fitness industry, including Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Bodybuilding.com, T-Nation, and Schwarzenegger.com.

Furthermore, previously worked as Chief Content Director for Juggernaut Training Systems and current full-time work for Stronger By Science.

Recently, Greg launched MASS with Dr.Mike Zourdos and Eric Helms which is monthly research review specifically aimed at strength and physique sports.

Dr. Mike Israetel was a professor of Exercise Science at Temple University, and University of Central Missouri, where he taught Exercise Physiology, Personal Training, and Advanced Programming for sports and fitness.  Mike has coached numerous powerlifters, weightlifters, bodybuilders, and other individuals in both diet and weight training.

Originally from Moscow, Russia, Mike is was a competitive powerlifter,and now bodybuilder, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappler. Most time spent now on podcasts, renaissance periodisation (RP+), ebooks, facebook, travelling doing cool seminars.

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Time stamps:

  • 2:35 99.9% of our genetics are the same, so how much impact can they have on our strength/size?
  • 12:25 Lyle McDonalds work vs. talent model – does it work in practice?
  • 21:25 Natural limits for muscle mass? Usefulness of different models?
  • 36:36 How much influence does our structure, bone size have on our muscular potential? Does this relate to somatotypes?

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