The Stronger By Science Podcast

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105 episodes
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Greg Nuckols and Eric Trexler from Stronger By Science share evidence, anecdotes, and incoherent ramblings on training, nutrition, science, and life in general.

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Turkesterone, Carb Overfeeding, and Commonly Neglected Muscles
Today’s show begins with a recap of results from the men’s division of the IPF world championships and USAPL Mega-Nationals. After that, Eric revisits the topic of beta-ecdysterone and turkesterone supplementation in light of some controversy within the supplement industry. Next, Greg discusses the newest Stronger By Science article by Cameron Gill, which explores the most commonly neglected movements and muscles. That’s followed by a Coach’s Corner segment in which Eric discusses carbohydrate overfeeding in the context of bulking diets, and directly compares it to fat overfeeding. Finally, Greg discusses an unfortunate example of “science by press release” related to running’s effects on aortic stiffness, and Eric closes out the show by recommending some music to lift to.
Cognitive Effects of Creatine, Nasal Breathing, and Current Trends in Science
Today’s show begins with a recap of results from the women’s division of the IPF world champions. After that, Greg shares a hybrid Article Discussion/Tech Support segment about a new article covering MacroFactor’s revamped food logging system, which makes it (objectively) the fastest food logger on the market. After that, Greg and Eric debut the “Armchair Scientist’s Corner,” a spinoff of the Coach’s Corner segment, in which they discuss some unfavorable trends in the scientific literature. That’s followed by a Q&A segment covering topics including how to make incremental changes to your daily calorie target, creatine’s effects on hydration and cognitive function, nasal breathing, and how exercise might (or might not) impact certain health-oriented nutrition recommendations. Finally, to close out the show, Eric presents a history lesson about how the field of exercise science came to be.
Fatigue Mechanisms, HIIT Programming, and Sex Disparities in Research
In today’s episode, Greg and Eric revisit the topic of buffering supplements and fatigue as Eric presents a Research Review about the mechanisms driving neuromuscular fatigue. After that, Greg discusses his cover story from the most recent issue of the MASS Research Review, which is also available at In the article, Greg explores under-representation of female participants within strength, hypertrophy, and supplement research. The discussion covers the extent of the disparity, the surprising observation that the gap is getting worse over time, and how this research imbalance impacts training and nutrition recommendations for female lifters. Next, Eric shares a Coach’s Corner segment about programming high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and sprint interval training (SIT) for lifters. Finally, to close out the show, Eric and Greg share some music and video game recommendations.
Buffering Strategies, Calorie Counting, and Estimating TDEE
Today’s episode begins with a spoiler in the Feats of Strength segment, as we discuss the winner of this year’s World’s Strongest Man competition. After that, Eric presents a Research Roundup segment about buffering strategies. The segment is mostly about new research on beta-alanine and a couple of related ingredients (carnosine and anserine), but also includes discussions about hyperventilation and the mechanisms involved with various buffering strategies. After that, Greg discusses his newest article on the MacroFactor website, which is called “The Problems with Calorie Counting.” It explores the shortcomings of many common strategies implemented by calorie counters, such as aiming for generic calorie targets or using wearable technologies or predictive equations to estimate energy expenditure. Finally, the show closes with a music recommendation from Eric, and some interesting lichen facts presented by Greg.
Sedentary Time, Mating Success, and HIIT Protocols
Today’s episode begins with two unconventional but remarkable Feats of Strength. After that, Eric presents a Research Review segment about the deleterious effects of sedentary time (even in people who regularly exercise), and some practical strategies for reducing sedentary time. Next, Greg reviews a study linking certain masculine traits to mating success, which has been spread widely (and misinterpreted widely) on social media. That’s followed by a brief segment about high-intensity interval training (HIIT), in which Eric clarifies some definitions and describes the wide range of protocols that fall under the “HIIT” umbrella, which can be very adaptable and accessible to all fitness levels. Finally, the show closes with a music recommendation from Eric.
Modified OMAD, Joint-Friendly Warm-Ups, and Muscle Retention While Cutting
Today’s show is an uncharacteristically anecdote-heavy episode of the podcast. After Greg shares some new Feats of Strength, Eric presents a Coach’s Corner segment about a modified version of the “one-meal-a-day” (OMAD) eating pattern. This strategy, which may be described as protein-sparing-modified-time-restricted-eating, aims to capitalize on the potential upsides of OMAD while attenuating the downsides. After that, Greg shares his own Coach’s Corner segment about joint-friendly warm-up strategies, which leads to a broader discussion about where anecdotal evidence fits within an evidence-based approach to training, nutrition, or content creation. Next, Eric answers a listener’s question about how to retain muscle while cutting. Finally, to close out the show, Greg recommends some people you should follow on social media, along with a new media recommendation.
Dietary Fiber, Responses to Feedback, and Encouraging Exercise
Today’s episode features two remarkable Feats of Strength – one from a human, and one from a tree. After that, Eric presents a Research Review segment in defense of dietary fiber, and Greg responds to some feedback about previous segments on oral contraceptives and the impact of exercise on mortality. Finally, the show closes with a discussion about how to encourage people to start exercising (and maintain it), along with some vague words of caution and a shocking revelation about kiwis.
Sumo Deadlifts, Procrastination, and Oral Contraceptives
Today’s episode features a crazy (and historic) Feat of Strength, which leads into a discussion about whether or not sumo deadlifting is cheating. After that, Eric answers a few questions from listeners about topics including easy vegetarian protein sources, how to deal with a tendency to procrastinate, how long a weight loss phase can last, and whether or not you should have a maintenance phase immediately after a bulking phase. Finally, to close out the show, Greg discusses his recent article about how oral contraceptives impact (or don’t impact) training adaptations, along with a brief discussion about some good (and absolutely terrible) television show endings.
Body Recomposition, Estimating Energy Expenditure, and Sex Differences in the Bench Press
Today’s episode features a huge breakthrough in Eric’s Road to Athens segment, which leads to a mini Coach’s Corner segment about training around hip pain. After that, Eric discusses his recent Stronger By Science article about body recomposition and gaining strength or muscle mass while in a caloric deficit. Finally, much of the show is dedicated to reviewing the research covered in the newest “Best of MASS” issue, which is now free to download. To close out the show, Eric provides further proof that reading is bad, and Greg provides some media recommendations (and anti-recommendations).
Lifting & Mortality, Global Versus Localized Hypertrophy, and Pre-Sleep Meals
Today’s episode features a big milestone in Greg’s Road to the Stage update, followed by a Research Review that’s sure to stir up some controversy and debate. Researchers recently reported that a little bit of resistance training is associated with lower risk of chronic disease and mortality, but doing more than 2-2.5 hours per week appeared to be considerably worse than doing only 30-60 minutes per week, and potentially worse than doing none at all. In this Research Review, Greg gets to the bottom of it and provides some tentative but practical conclusions. After that, Greg and Eric answer a few questions from listeners, covering topics including potential sleep disruption from pre-bed meals, cannabis for lifters, creatine timing, what to do when you’ve met your daily protein target but you’re below your total calorie target, the way overhead press strength scales with body weight, consequences of insufficient protein intake, how volume for one muscle influences hypertrophy for other muscles, and the role of debates in evidence-based fitness. To close out the show, Eric presents his second (but very disappointing) installment of the fan-favorite segment, “Eric’s Seder Stories.”
Spirulina, Satiety, and Vitamin Supplementation
Today’s episode features a Road to the Stage update by Greg, followed by a fascinating Research Review about the effects of spirulina supplementation on symptoms of allergic rhinitis. After that, Greg and Eric answer a few questions from listeners, covering topics including the effects of dietary fat intake on satiety, the pros and cons of supplementing with vitamins and fish oil, and the utility of bathroom scales with bioelectrical impedance technology for tracking longitudinal changes in body composition. To close out the show, Eric shares a remarkable stat from the NBA, and Greg shares a movie recommendation.
Protein Scaling, Fiber Types, Artificial Sweeteners
To begin today’s episode, Greg and Eric clear the air and provide some updates about the recent chaos within the Stronger By Science Cinematic Universe. After that, Greg shares some Feats of Strength, followed by a Q&A segment. Topics covered include scaling protein recommendations to various body size metrics, how muscle fiber types should (or should not) impact your approach to training, how concerned we should (or should not) be about a new study linking artificial sweeteners to increased risk of cancer, and the health-related risks and benefits associated with dietary nitrate intake. To close out the show, Eric shares some stuff he learned about at the beach.

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4.6 out of 5
700 reviews
mtwoms 2022/06/14
The best -
Lasagna-based podcast I’ve ever subbed to (and there were A LOT). I hope they find Eric a permanent co-host soon, though! Poor Greg has been filling i...
sundae's fourth nipple 2022/05/29
My favorite pro-family values, anti-marijuana podcast
Highyjuhgdt 2022/03/21
Fantastic balance of facts and humor
Really enjoy the show, they stick to the facts and what the current literature is saying. They don’t make any far reaching claims and seem very ground...
kikimeowcat 2022/04/15
Too much filler
They get off topic and chat about nonsense for half of the podcast...very annoying.
KORTKNEEE1989 2022/03/07
Episodes are kinda short
Really excellent podcast full of great info, but episodes are kind of short, apparently they are getting shorter? (Seems like a bad call)
Dell28 2022/02/28
Science-Based & Fitness Podcast
If you’re bored of the ho-hum quality of other health-related podcasts often peppered with conjecture and anecdotes, then this is the podcast for you....
Channer180 2022/02/24
Episode 75
I’m a marathon runner who started listening when I heard these guys just pulling apart research papers. Episodes like this are empowering keep it up.
8Behemoth8 2022/02/05
A Bulwark of Morality and Virtue Against the Ebbing Tide of Decadence in an Era of Cultural Decay
Caveat Lector: I am listening in chronological order and have made it through the first couple of seasons and some fireside chats. As such, I cannot v...
Farmerforfitness 2021/11/26
Evidence Based Learning
I can see why someone might not like some of the hosts banter, but it is clear that they are not being serious with that part. What keeps me coming b...
Ldunes 2022/01/13
Get to the point, already
I appreciate that the hosts are well-educated and do thorough research on the topics they cover. However, there is a tremendous amount of useless talk...


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