Nick Collias


Nick Collias is the Executive Editor at He previously worked as the staff writer, sports editor, news editor, and finally editor-in-chief at Boise Weekly. He has also covered Spanish-language baseball news for the site MLB Trade Rumors and a Spanish version titled Rumores de Béisbol. In 2009, he was a contributing writer and researcher for the public television documentary . As a freelance author and book designer, he wrote and designed the book "Round About the Boise Valley: An Artist's Journey through Idaho History," and designed and edited the book .

Collias received his bachelor's degree from College of Idaho and his master's degree from University of Chicago. He lives in Boise, Idaho.


  • Hafthor "The Mountain" Bjornsson's 8 Greatest Lifts

    This 6-foot-9-inch, 400-pound Icelandic lifter and actor lops off heads onscreen and blows minds in pro strongman competitions. Here are his greatest pulls, presses, throws, and squats!

  • Podcast Episode 60: How to Eat for Strength Without Budging the Scale

    "Weight gain" and "weight loss" tend to dominate fitness and nutrition conversations. But what if you want—or your sport demands—that the number on the scale doesn’t change all that much? Doug Kalman, PhD, RD, a researcher and dietician who has also competed in boxing, talks with Nick and gives him a no-BS lesson about how to eat for maximum strength gains and body re-composition. Listen up if you participate in a weight-classed sport, or just want to change your body without having to buy a whole new wardrobe!

  • Podcast Episode 59: Michael McGurk on the Future of Army Fitness

    The United States Army is about to undertake a dramatic and unprecedented overhaul to the way it tests, and promotes, military fitness. The man who headed the research into the new standards talks with us about how and why, as well as the future of Army nutrition and how the Army plans to circulate 80,000 kettlebells to bases around the globe.

  • Podcast Episode 58: Metal guitarist Nita Strauss on the Highway to Health

    Nita Strauss was wielding her ax in the service of Alice Cooper and building a reputation as one of the best metal guitarists in the world. She was successful, but far from happy. Then she changed course, quit drinking, and became a fitness diehard.

  • When Should I Take Creatine Monohydrate?

    Is there a best time to take this proven performance booster? Here’s what the science says.

  • What Are the Benefits of Taking Creatine Monohydrate?

    Creatine monohydrate has a great reputation in the lab and in the gym. Here’s what has been shown to happen when you take it along with training!

  • How Does Creatine Monohydrate Work?

    For most lifters and athletes who take it, creatine seems to work. But exactly how can sometimes be a mystery. Here’s what one Ph.D. believes makes this popular supp so effective.

  • What Is the Best Form of Creatine?

    There are a number of forms of creatine to choose from, at different price points and in different formulations. Which one is the right for you?

  • What Does Creatine Monohydrate Do?

    Millions of people take creatine, but what does it actually do? Here’s the Ph.D.-level view of what this staple supp does in your body.

  • What Is Creatine Monohydrate?

    Creatine is a favorite among athletes of all types, but questions about it abound. If you want to know what it’s made of or whether it’s a steroid, here are your answers!

  • Is Creatine Monohydrate Safe?

    To hear some people tell it, creatine is dangerous stuff. Is there any truth to the rumors? Here's what two Ph.D.'s have to say about this popular supplement.

  • Podcast Episode 57: Fergus Crawley on Squatting 132 pounds, 7,600 times, in 24 Hours

    After Scottish powerlifter Fergus Crawley survived a suicide attempt in 2016, he turned his life around with the help of an unlikely ally–a French Bulldog puppy. Then, he set his sights on one of the most grueling strength records out there: the most weight squatted in 24 hours. We did deep into his incredible story, and geek out on all the training deets.

  • Podcast Episode 56: Rob Smith - The Life of an Everyday Beast

    WBFF pro muscle model Rob Smith, the host of’s Everyday Beast video series, shares his philosophy on food, lifting, and beasting through life.

  • Podcast Episode 55: Bajheera on Games and Gains

    Jackson Bliton, better known as Bajheera, has built a unique dual following online. He's a pro bodybuilder, but also a pro gamer, and streams both to tens of thousands daily. He shares his story, his nutritional approach, and takes live questions from his Twitch followers.

  • Podcast Episode 54: Meg Squats Steps Up to the Platform

    On the verge of her fourth go-round in the GB Powerlifting Raw Nationals, Meg Squats talks with us about her prep, how she used her program Uplifted to great effect in the offseason, and what she'd tell herself if she had it all to do over again.

  • Meg Squats Steps Up To The Platform

    On the eve of her biggest comp of the year, the YouTube star and devotee of the heavy lifting life talks with us about prep, protein bars, and how good it feels to buckle down and say no to distraction.

  • Boardwalk Wheels: The Muscle Beach Leg Workout

    In this timeless pre-exhaust lower-body workout, you'll frontload the volume so you can get the most out of some hard squats at the end. Build your legs the old-school way!

  • Podcast Episode 53: Darryn Willoughby - Lessons from 30 Years in the Lab and on the Stage

    Look him up, and you'll see a researcher who has been involved in many foundational studies in strength and supplement research. But this Ph.D. is also a bodybuilder with three decades of competition under his belt.

  • Podcast Episode 52: Baby Oil and Burgers with Lawrence Ballenger

    When classic physique competitor, fitness model, and Team athlete Lawrence Ballenger started oiling up his muscles 2 minutes into the conversation, we should have known what we were in for. He discusses his insane diet and protein intake, how to stay in ketosis on 500g of carbs a day. Then, he and Heather throw down on a burger eating competition.

  • Home This Week? Here's Your 30-Min Follow-Along Band Workout.

    You can fit all the equipment you need for this follow-along workout in a shoebox, but that doesn't mean it's a breeze. Expect to gasp, struggle, and finish feeling amazing.