I'm Greg Nuckols, Powerlifter, and This is How I Work Out

Greg Nuckols is a drug-free powerlifter, writer, and podcast co-host. We were thrilled to get some one-on-one time with him via email to learn more about his life inside and outside of the gym.

How did you get into fitness?

I played sports growing up and started working out to get better at sports in high school. Once I was done with organized sports, I stuck with lifting.

What's your fitness specialty?


How do you track fitness goals?

Pounds on the bar.

What metrics do you track for your goals?

My one-rep maxes and multi-rep maxes in the lifts contested in powerlifting (squat, bench press, and deadlift).

How are your favorite workouts structured? By sets and reps? Or sets and duration?

I mostly train by feel, honestly. My training is pretty unstructured and has been for years now. I generally work up to a heavy set of 1-5 reps, and then do a handful of dropdown sets, with the total number of dropdown sets depending on how much time and energy I have.

Who are your fitness icons/mentors/heroes/inspiration?

Everyone who lifts more than me.

What is your favorite food?

A good burger.

What’s your go-to song or artist at the gym?

It depends on my mood. I've been listening to a lot of CHVRCHES in the gym recently.

What are three interesting facts about you?

1) My biggest non-fitness related hobby is cooking.
2) I don't have depth perception.
3) I had to start shaving when I was 10.

What is your greatest achievement and how has it shaped you?

I'm a temporary guest cohost on the first-ever fitness podcast: The Stronger By Science Podcast. This achievement has helped me develop the skills necessary to maintain my temporary guest cohosting position over stiff competition.

If you could master one skill you do not have, what would it be?

I'd like to get considerably better at baking bread.

I also speak a little German, but I would like to become fluent one day.

Where would you like people to follow you?

@gregnuckols on Instagram and Twitter
Greg Nuckols on Facebook
Stronger By Science on Youtube