S2 EPISODE 21 - Periodization, Concurrent Training & Nutrition for Powerlifters w/ Greg Nuckols MS(c)

Season 2 Episode 21, Dr. Bubbs sits down with Greg Nuckols MS(c), exercise physiologist with special research interest in strength development and former world-record holding powerlifter. In this episode, Greg talks about the history and theory of periodization, and where theory meets practice in the application of the concept. He outlines concurrent training, the interference effect and factors to consider for strength and team sport athletes, as well as finding the root cause of an athlete’s inability to perform, overcoming training roadblocks in powerlifting, nutrition factors to consider for powerlifters and much, much more! 

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)  Periodization is a general concept, not a rigid system, or alternating training stimulus to achieve.

2)  Concurrent training refers to a training session or program that includes some form of “endurance” exercise and “resistance” exercise.

3) Training interference effect occurs when high volume of aerobic training begins to buffer adaptations to strength gains. (However, it does not work in the reverse direction; strength gains don't impede endurance sport).

Research Articles

Macronutrient intake in Collegiate powerlifters participating in off season training

About Greg Nuckols

Greg has over a decade of experience under the bar, a BSc in Exercise and Sports Science, and is working on a Masters in Exercise Physiology. Greg has also held 3 all-time world records in powerlifting in the 220 and 242 classes. His passion is making complex information more easily understandable for athletes, coaches, and fitness enthusiasts. Find out more at strongerbyscience.com and subscribe to his Monthly Applications in Strength Sport (MASS).

 

S2 EPISODE 2 - Evolution of Sport Science, Big Data & Changing The Game w/ Dr. Fergus Connolly

In Season 2 Episode 2, Dr. Bubbs interviews expert sport scientist and Director of Performance at the University of Michigan Dr. Fergus Connolly PhD. Fergus talks all things sports science; why we should start from the game itself and work backwards in sport science, a holistic, rather than reductionist view in performance sport, the value of upskilling staff versus adding more specialists, the importance of a “Human First” approach to athletes, how data is either useful, useless or interesting, and so much more. Terrific insights from one of the best in the business.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)             Start from the game itself and work backwards.

2)             All data has a life cycle.

3)             Never stop learning

Performance Insights From This Episode

1.    Coaches - What is the emotion of the day in your training program?

2.    There is tremendous value in having independent sports science experts to design assist in designing your sports science program (rather than solely relying on industry support).

3.    As Charlie Francis used to say  “learn from your athletes” (It’s not a one-way street).

The “Big Rocks” - Fergus' Tip

Find mentors to gain experience and learn as much as you can from your athletes (not just you teaching them).

About Dr. Fergus Connolly

Perhaps the only person in the world who has worked at the highest levels of Premier League soccer, international rugby, the NBA, NFL, and NCAA - where he’s currently the Performance Director for Michigan Football. Fergus is also the author of the fantastic and unique book, Game Changer, which cuts through the hype and myths to show you what really works, sharing details of how the most elite teams from around the world apply the latest knowledge, research, sports science, and technology to achieve excellence. Follow Fergus on Twitter