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Podcast Episode 61: Nick's Quest to Get a Grip. Is this the human race's most unlikely contender at a world championship strength event? Nick tells Heather how he happened into the sport of Armlifting and ended up representing the GB on the global stage.

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Heather Eastman: Welcome everyone to The Jyoto.info Podcast. I'm your host, Heather Eastman, and today we're mixing things up a little bit. I'm actually interviewing my co-host Nick Collias. He is our...

Nick Collias: That's right.

Heather: ...executive editor here at Jyoto.info. I'd say thanks for joining us, but you're kind of here every day, anyway.

Nick: Yeah, and I'm usually doing the interviewing on that podcast, so I'm that guy that maybe people on YouTube know as the one in the comments, they say, "LOL, I can't believe they let the little, tiny guy host the podcast."

Heather: So, today this is the Heather podcast because Heather is interviewing Nick, it really should be the Nick podcast, but we are interviewing Nick because he is doing something kind of extraordinary.

Nick: I'm a pro athlete...

Heather: I mean, so, to prepare for this, I should let all of our viewers and listeners know, I actually googled "Nick Collias athletic career" and we had one article.

Nick: Did one of those little shit emojis come up? 💩 Steaming.

Heather: So, we had one article that popped up from whence I drew most of the information that you're gonna go through today, but basically, Nick is going to the World Armlifting Championships in Russia.

Nick: World Armlifting... armlifting.

Heather: .

Nick: Yeah. It's not arm wrestling, it's called "armlifting" because it's a lifting competition that used to take place at arm wrestling competitions. This guy was like, "Hey, let's do grip-strength competitions at arm wrestling competitions."

Heather: Now, did he say it like that, or...

Nick: And because he's Russian...

Heather: Okay.

Nick: ...he called it "armlifting." We'll call it armlifting. Right? It doesn't sound like the sort of thing that an English speaker would come with necessarily because you're not lifting your arm in this sport.

Heather: No. Armlifting makes it sound like you're just flapping your wings. No, but for those who are a little confused, let me explain, and fortunately, you have a coworker who is blissfully unaware of what you do in your personal time.

Nick: Those are the best kind.

Heather: So, Nick came into the office one day saying that he was now the North American grip strength 2nd place champion from his weight class.

Nick: Mm-hmm (affirmative), for my weight class, which is the little weeny guy, under 180 pounds.

Heather: Yeah, and so, sitting in front of us today are a little plethora of various grip training apparati. And knowing Nick, and knowing what he does around the office and kind of knowing that this is one of his little things, we naturally said, "Okay, well, what does that mean?" And it said it means he's going to the world championships.

Nick: I'm going to the world championships in a sport.

Heather: So naturally I had to go home and watch Rocky 4 and understand exactly exactly...

Nick: Oh yeah, we're gonna have many training montages resulting. And let me put this in context a bit, there are world championships, you invent a sport, you can invent a world championship. This is a fairly popular Russian sport that I had no idea I had any aptitude in, and I did a competition locally just as a favor to somebody and it turns out that there were only like 12 dudes in North America in my weight class, and so I kinda fell backwards into it. It felt like I did okay, I'm no great talent in this, but it's one of those things where the opportunity arose like, you can go to the world championships of something as a competitor. Why would you not do it?

Heather: So... Right. And part of this is just kind of bringing awareness to the sport more than anything else.

Nick: Absolutely. Yeah, it's an oddball sport, it's all grip-strength focused, and the idea is that it's less complicated than powerlifting, those are huge, heavy movements, very specific rules, this is kind of a more old-school, strongman kind of sport where it's like, "Hey, there's a thing on the ground, can you get it up?" And that's it, that's it. There's just point A and point B, everything between is just whatever you do. It's kinda fun.

Heather: Right, well I wanted to ask you about that, because you're known around the office as the guy that's kind of in charge of , which is the strength portion of our local musical festival.

Nick: It was, yeah.

Heather: Or was. And with that, and I didn't know they were spelled this way, the Dinnie Stone.

Nick: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Heather: And that's basically a large stone that has a ring drilled into it and you just try to challenge people to, you know, Sword in the Stone-style, kinda just lift it up with brute strength.

Nick: Yeah, so the are these two rocks in Scotland that have rings built into the top of them and there's this great challenge, can you lift one or both of them? Both of them being one in each hand, they're like 400 and 300 pounds. And my friend and I, for a little strongman fair at a local music festival, we just made some Dinnie Stones. One of them are in my garage right now. It was probably like 330 pounds, it's got this tiny little ring. It's a grip challenge but it's also just very limited range of motion, full-body lift that I just completely fell in love with and I would lift this rock whenever I could. It takes everything you have but the rock only moves like three inches and I remember thinking like, "Wow, the whole world is so obsessed with range of motion." "Oh, does your squat go to parallel or ass to grass?" "Did the bench press touch your chest?"

All these different things, but in the old days there were competitions for every range of motion. Yeah, there could be like, lifting something from the ground overhead, a full-on clean and press, but there were also just, "Who can lift the most in this very specific thing?" , one of the great old-time strongmen from the early part of the 20th century, he used to do one-arm deadlifts. The one-arm deadlift is not something anybody cares about but he once lifted 330 pounds in a one-arm deadlift. And these sorts of things just sort of live on in the past, right? Like, who cares how much you can one-arm deadlift? But there are a group of people out there who are looking at it like, "Yeah, that's be fun, let's do that." Why do we have to limit ourselves to just... posing in posing suits on stage, or doing very, very specific lifts?

I'll be totally honest, I'm a shitty deadlifter, shitty squatter. I strength train about as regularly as anybody in this building, I probably have lifted 4-5 times a week for the last five, six years. But, I'm just a little guy, I'm not particularly strong, and yeah, just all of a sudden I found that it paid off when I did this one specific event. Being mediocre at everything I had ever done athletically just kind of paid off enough to, you know, they say the rising tide brings up all ships, basically. So being a shitty rock climber, being a mediocre runner, being a mediocre lifter, they just sort of coalesced and now I'm professionally mediocre.

Heather: You're taking us through your athletic highlights.

Nick: That's right.

Heather: I'd like to know, at what point did you discover that you had this, kind of, special gift?

Nick: "Special gift"? Well, growing up, my mother did call me "The special boy", that was my nickname. I'm pretty sure that I'm not special, it's been a process of gradual discovery over the course of my life that despite what my mother said, I'm actually not special.

Heather: Yes, yes. We were all lied to by our mothers.

Nick: Some of my great athletic highlights, in 8th grade, I played on the B team in basketball, I went the entire season without scoring a basket, even though there was like, enforced playing time, I was out there. It's harder to not score by accident, but I didn't score the entire year. I played five years of soccer, never scored a single goal. I was an alright outfielder in baseball, but when it got to 8th grade, I was too scared to go play and so I decided not to and I remember my dad saying, "Hey, I heard they're drafting women onto the boys baseball team, girls onto the team because they don't have enough people", and I was still too chicken to do it.

Heather: Aww.

Nick: So, this is sort of my background, it's just like, I would always just do stuff until there was any sort of challenge and then it'd be like, "I don't particularly wanna do that." So, I had this moment when I did this competition, I did two competitions last year actually and I realized, "Oh, wow, I'm number two in North America, I have officially qualified for Team GB in the sport of armlifting", and I remember thinking like, "Nobody's gonna really believe that I've qualified for a strength sport. My family's gonna get a great laugh out of it." Everybody I know who has known me my whole life will go, "Really? Really? You've qualified for a world-class competition?" And for all those reasons, I felt like, "Why the hell not? Why would I not do something like that?" So for the last six weeks, maybe eight weeks, I've been training fairly pointedly on these implements.

Armlifting is built around three lifts, kind of like the powerlifts, right? So, powerlifts: squat, bench, deadlift. In armlifting, the three events are a double-overhand axle bar deadlift, meaning no hook, no alternating grip because you can lift more that way, it's pure double overhand, then the second one would be this thing I'm holding in my hand, which you can't see if you're listening to audio only, it's called a rolling thunder, it's a 2-3/4 inch rotating, single-arm deadlift handle. It's a really good approximation of what it's like to ring out a sweaty singlet after a powerlifting meet.

Heather: One thing I wanna point out to anyone who's not watching this...

Nick: Which is everyone.

Heather: Which is pretty much everyone, is when I think of grip I always think of, "Oh, gripping the bar, that's easy", but we're looking at things where you don't actually get to wrap your hand around it, it's more fingers. Can you kind of elaborate a bit on what is the grip strength? Like, what are they looking at? Is it mostly hand? What muscles are you really working?

Nick: Sure, yeah. It's different because I've seen some grip competitors' hands and they're big and they're beefy, but your hands can only get so big, right? You're limited by your bones, obviously, but there's just not that much muscle in a hand. There's a bit of muscle, I've seen pictures of some pretty swole thumbs but for the most part, it's forearm strength, it's also ligament and tendon strength, right? Which are very slow things to build and the first time somebody goes rock climbing or bouldering, they feel completely burned out, like you feel like you can't even pick up your toothbrush. I felt that same way when I used to go rock climbing, and I discovered that just a bit of direct grip training can pay off immensely, so I would do it like, once or twice a week just to be a slightly less-shitty boulderer and that fatigue just started delaying a little more.

And the way I would do it would be doing the same things people would do in gyms like, barbell wrist rolls and stuff like that, which is much more forearm-focused, less hand-focused, kinda wrist-focused, really lactic acid, burn-y, certain muscular work. This is much more like a powerlifting competition, so you get X attempts, you get three or four depending on the competition, you call out your weight, you lift it, you know? And so, on the three main lifts we talked about, the third one is like a spring-loaded gripper, that's what people think of when they think of grip training, right? You're holding some little springy thing in your hand. So that's an event as well, you hold that for time.

Then there are other events at this particular competition including a pinch grip, so one of the things that I brought here is a pinch block, a three-inch pinch block, people who maybe have watched a bunch of videos over the last couple of years, he's been getting into grip training and pinch training. Pinch training is a very different kind of grip training than some of these other ones, like when you're holding a big barbell, you're just crushing it in your hand as best you can.

Heather: Right.

Nick: Even if it's an axle bar, same with this rolling thunder, you've just gotta grip it for dear life, there's only so much technique that goes into it because you're just crushing it.

Heather: Right, yeah. The pinch grip feels like it could be its own little subset because it's, again, I'll describe this, you have no actual grip around anything, you're just pinching this large brick, between your fingers.

Nick: Oh, yeah. Right, it's like you're pretending to be a clam or a lobster.

Heather: And it's a great way to just kinda mess with your buddies, because we had, I can't remember where it was, but we had something in the office where you had to pinch grip to try to lift it up.

Nick: Yeah, the legendary Jim Stoppani, Sr., once upon a time, gave us a concrete ball that had a little pinch block on it, it was like 55 pounds with this little tiny thing. And he's a great grip-training aficionado and yeah, nobody around the office could lift it, certain people could but it's a mystery who has that grip strength and who doesn't, and it's really strange as I've gotten deeper into grip strength, I've discovered that you can't predict what's going to work and what doesn't, necessarily.

Heather: Right.

Nick: You can do your best to think your way through deadlifting, benching, squatting, but with this, sometimes when it works, you have no idea why, you have no idea what worked. I trained for like, two weeks for my first competition, like, "Hey, we're doing it in a couple weeks, you wanna go?" Anyway, we practiced with thick bar one time, we practiced with the grippers one time and then we went in and I hit these numbers and I was like, "I don't know, were they good?" And the woman would say, "That was really good! That was really good!" I haven't been able to meet those numbers since then. No training, total ignorance, and just all of the other mediocre training in my life paid off that one day, I haven't been able to touch those numbers again since then, isn't that fascinating?

Heather: Now that brings up a good question, how are you preparing for this competition coming up in Russia? But first of all, do you speak Russian?

Nick: I believe "no" is the same in Russian and English, so no.

Heather: Okay, so you'll just be saying no to everything.

Nick: But I'm saying that in Russian when I say "no". No, I don't speak a word of Russian, I've tried to learn the Cyrillic alphabet a bit so that I don't get lost in the streets because supposedly, you can't trust that people are going to cater to your English speaking, that's fine, I've traveled internationally, I know how that is. It's a really tough language though, and it's as frightening to me as the specific event which is gonna be me standing in this giant Soviet-era sports complex with a 50 to 75-foot screen behind me with me in a singlet, my name on the back, people looking at me going, "Who's that guy? I don't care, what is he gonna do?" And I either do it or I don't, they cheer or they boo, maybe I'll get boo'd, maybe I will totally get boo'd by people from all over the world, right? There are gonna be 15 countries, 150 competitors there. I struggle with feelings of inadequacy a little bit.

Heather: I was gonna say, this is kind of meeting that criteria that you discussed earlier of once it becomes a little too challenging, you know...

Nick: Oh, I'm there, I'm totally there. And my friend who's going with me, we have these conversations about once a week where it's like, "How are you feeling?" "You know, I'm feeling pretty inadequate." "Yeah, you know, me, too." These are the little male sharing moments, we're putting our vulnerabilities out there but like, if you stop and think about it, the majority of the people in this sport, they've been doing it for a while, us, we're relatively new to it. You can just sort of think yourself out of this really quickly. So, one thing that I have been doing is I've been trying to find some precedent for this sort of thing and I happened across this women from the Olympics last year, her name was , right?

She just wanted to go to the Olympics and she figured out the sport that was easiest to get into, she figured out the country that was easiest to get into, based on her heritage and she made it to the Olympics just basically by figuring out how to go and going. It was in skiing on the half-pipe and when her turn came up in Sochi or wherever it was, Pyongyang. Where was it? Not Pyongyang.

Heather: It was Sochi, no wait.

Nick: Pyongyang is North Korea, it was in South Korea.

Heather: Yeah, it was not in North Korea.

Nick: She just kinda skied down, didn't do any tricks, they gave her the absolute bottom level thing and she said, "Hi, everybody" and she left. She's kinda my hero right now because she's like, "Hey, I'm going to the world championships, I have no business being there. What am I gonna do?" And she's like, "Well, of course I'll go. I'm not gonna kill myself over it like a real athlete would but I'm gonna go." And so, I'm gonna try to figure out if there's a way that we can bring her on the podcast, I wanna talk to her because nobody's really interviewed her that way yet and I'm very curious about that mindset, right? Like, if any of us went out there and searched and searched, we could find something that we could pay our way into or just find an opportunity to probably find something that doesn't have a lot of competition in and you become good at it, in a manner of speaking.

But when shit gets serious like, "Hey, we're going to Russia, are you coming? There are gonna be thousands of people potentially in the audience, it's gonna be you versus the mountain in strongmen. It's gonna be you versus somebody who's ..."

Heather: Oh, yeah, let's not forget that, that they're actual...

Nick: What are you gonna do? Right?

Heather: Yeah, members and athletes and famous competitors and athletes that are going to be there.

Nick: No, no, there are, I mean, they're famous in the world of grip strength, right? And grip strength has always been a weird little insular community. My coach in this is this guy nicknamed "The Lobster" because of his pinching power, his name is Adam Glass, he's one of the great freaks in grip strength in the human race for the last 20 years or so, and people like that are there, they're competitors and half of the events are weight classed, so I'm gonna be competing just against people my own size, I think three of them. The other three are all open class, so it's gonna be me versus , the , who is 275 pounds and can deadlift 700 pounds and can easily lift a thick bar of 400 pounds, like he's a monster, he's an absolute monster.

So, when I go there, that's one of the decisions I have to make, is how much am I going to try to compete against people in open class? Which is an option. I'm guaranteed to come in last in every single one of them, but am I going to do that? Why would I not?

Heather: Why not? You're already there, you have the invitation to go.

Nick: Right.

Heather: So, I mean, what I'm hearing you say it's very possible that you and your friend could come in 149th and 150th, respectively.

Nick: It's a distinct possibility, you know? My wife, she's a much more accomplished person, athletically, than me. The main reason that I do things like lift weights five times a week or whatever, do yoga, go for a run, is to try to keep up with her because she's a real person. I'm kind of a poser.

Heather: Yeah, she's mastered the , I'm already jealous of her. So...

Nick: Right, exactly. I remember her telling me, "Why would you go if you're not trying to win?" Like, she couldn't quite grasp that, and I was like, "Meh, I don't care."

Heather: Whereas, I get it: You're getting to go to Russia and compete in an athletic event in Russia, that alone, who cares what it is?

Nick: Yeah, or my sons, I have a three-year-old and a seven-year-old, and my 7-year-old, he doesn't really want me to go and part of it I think is because he doesn't want me to go over there and not win because he's a kid, even a seven-year-old understands the idea of like, if you're going to the World Championships of something, you're going there trying to win, but I think he wants me to not go in order to protect me, which is very sweet, but me on the other hand, I'm like, of course, I don't mind coming in last place.

I believe I've used this anecdote on the podcast a number of times, but I ran my first trail race, I've only run a few of them, I run them for fun when they're in a pretty place, I ran this 10-mile trail race maybe five years ago, and like, eight people in the race, and I came in dead last, by, you know, 3-4 minutes. Like, everybody else was a serious runner, me, I was just like, "I'm gonna go out there and try to finish feeling good", and as I crossed the finish line, I had this moment that was like, "Alright, everybody's gonna ask me, 'How did you do?'" And when I say, "I came in last", they're gonna say, "How does it feel?" And I thought about it, how does it feel to come in last place? And it feels liberating, it feels completely liberating.

And I had this conversation with somebody else recently where I was telling them like, one of my favorite bands, they made some of their best records when everybody thought they didn't even exist anymore and my friend was like, "That sounds liberating, like, nobody cares about you anymore. Isn't that great?" So, that's kind of how I'm trying to approach this is like, not how do you perform when the world is watching, but how do you perform when it really doesn't matter? It does not matter at all, nobody cares and you're there. I have no idea what's gonna happen and it's not a question of how heavy I lift, it's how I comport myself in that situation, how I actually go through the process. Am I going to be disappointed with myself if I go up there and I lift the exact same amount that I had lifted before? I don't know, that's part of the adventure.

Heather: Attitude is everything and we've talked about that many times on the podcast, where with bodybuilding, everyone goes in wanting to win and you know, it's a sport where very few people win and half the time you're stepping on a stage.

Nick: Yeah, I mean, the first time you did a competition, what was your feeling on winning?

Heather: I was just happy to be there. I was just happy to step on stage and finally be done with the prep and be there and showing off everything I learned, and I did horribly, there are terrible pictures somewhere on the internet of me.

Nick: Did you finish toward the bottom?

Heather: Well, in a group of six females, I got fourth, which is not even top three and so that's in the bottom half of those six.

Nick: Bodybuilding can be particularly cruel in that regard because there could be 20 people in 16th place in the Olympia.

Heather: Oh, yeah, yeah.

Nick: They just sort of cut off a group of people like an infected limb, you know? Like, all of you, you're bottom.

Heather: All of you, you're done.

Nick: Now, alright, let's look at the other people.

Heather: My last show where I got second in a very big show, I think there were 119 competitors in figure alone and I got second so that felt really cool because just to be at that level, I didn't even care that I didn't get first, just to have a trophy, but each time, just the act of getting there was so much more than whatever awards or accolades that you receive on the other end of that, whereas running is such a weird sport because I was, once a long time ago, a runner, and my best season was the season before anybody knew who I was, or knew I could run. I always tell people, once the papers got ahold of my name, I didn't do as well because people were actually watching me.

Nick: I think that's a pretty common story.

Heather: Yeah. And I think, in talking to athletes, too, most people had their greatest trajectory when they were still relatively unknown and as soon as people start paying attention it's like you've got that pressure helping tamp you down a little bit.

Nick: Yeah, it's tough though when you have that date out there floating, whether it's a race, whether it's a bodybuilding show, it's just hanging out out there and once you commit to it, it's there no matter how well you do at it, you know? How did you deal with that accountability?

Heather: Okay, now you're flipping the... You're actually interviewing me now.

Nick: Yeah, I wanna know. We're interviewing each other.

Heather: Well, with races, for me, once the gun went off, then I just turned off the brain and let the muscles take over. With the competition and with bodybuilding competitions, I mean, even in between shows, you can't eat, you can't drink, you're just completely miserable.

Nick: Right.

Heather: I'd say the worst moments of my life were the day of competitions because you're just lying on a bed, staring at the ceiling, waiting to go on stage again because you can't do anything, you're covered in spray tan, it's just so, so miserable. So, I think that's what's prevented me from competing again, is just knowing that if I put a date on the calendar and I commit to that date, the lead up to that is the worst part and then the day of is the worst part, and yeah.

Nick: The worst part or the best part? I thought you said that the journey there was the best part?

Heather: When you finally get to step on stage for the last time, so you've done the judging in the morning and you're finally coming on stage for the last time to get your trophy or if you win your class, that's why you can't eat anything because if you win your class, you have to go onto the next level, so you really have to stay in peak condition all the way through the day. Knowing that you're finally there, it's kind of, the only thing I can equate it to with running is when you can finally, you're within 100 yards if the finish line and you're there, and every runner has that last little kick where it's like, "Okay, I've just gotta get there. I can see it now."

Nick: And then you get across and you're like, "I'm still me. I feel kinda sad now."

Heather: "I did it!" So, I think that's true with any competition where the anticipation is really what makes it so terrifying, but actually doing it, you're gonna get over there, you're gonna kind of just do it. I'm curious to see...

Nick: And then it ends and then you just have the rest of your life to deal with.

Heather: Yeah, and this might become a thing, we might have you grip training between....

Nick: I mean, it could be. So, Adam, my coach, he's a great expert in grip training in addition to being one of the stronger guys in the world in that sport and he believes that grip training and grip strength are unique among human attributes in that they peak a lot later. So, he says grip strength can peak as late as 50, 52, which you don't think about. So, muscle and things like that, your anabolic peak is pretty early in your life, but grip strength, possibly because it's so connective tissue-oriented instead of muscularly-oriented, so nervous system-oriented, right?

Supposedly, there's this thing called the where, you've never heard of the homunculus? It's this old statue that has gigantic hands, right? And the idea is that in your brain, and in your nervous system wiring, your grip is much more prominent than any other muscle group, right? Your grip is how you feed yourself, your grip is how you scratch your ass, you know? All the important things you do in life, and so it's a totally unique thing in terms of how often you can train it in terms of how hard it is to recover from, and how you control it, it's controlled much more by nervous system than by muscular...

You can only clench your hands so hard, but as you learn to actually be able to innervate the few muscles that you have, you can make dramatic increases in strength, supposedly. I have not seen them.

Heather: That's hopeful. And what I like about the theme of what we're talking about, we're talking about grip strength, but really the theme is like, if you find something that you are truly good at, or if you find, to take the example of the Olympia we talked about earlier, if you find a way to do something you've always wanted to do, why wouldn't you try to do it?

Nick: Yeah. On Super Bowl Sunday, I was drinking a couple of beers with a friend of mine and I was telling him about this, it was the first he was heard of it and he said, "You know, I think I've figured it out, there's probably a sport out there for every single one of us. You just happened to fall ass backwards into your sport."

And I'm not convinced that that's actually the case, and to be completely honest, I did okay, like, I totally did okay in the sport, it's not like I truly suck at grip strength, but yeah, he was saying, "Maybe competitive dog riding is my sport and I just haven't been in a competition to find out, 'Oh, my God, you're the Luke Skywalker of competitive dog riding.'"

Heather: What is it, the that you can just go across the Arctic Circle? That's a thing, I swear it's a thing.

Nick: Oh, yeah, the Iditarod is indeed a thing. It's a thing.

Heather: Alright, well, Nick, if people wanna harass you and heckle you leading up to and during the competition, what would be the best way for them to do that other than in the comment section of our podcast?

Nick: That always works. Just keep listening to The Jyoto.info Podcast. I'm gonna see if I can get Elizabeth Swaney on. Just pray for me, people.

Heather: Alright, we will most likely follow up at some point since you're here in the building and it's easy for us to do so.

Nick: You don't recognize me. Ten weeks from now is the competition, I'm gonna have trouble getting in the doorway because my giant hands are gonna be dragging behind me.

Heather: So swole. Just knuckles on the floor. Alright, Nick, thanks for sitting down and sharing your adventures with us.

Nick Collias: Absolutely.

Heather Eastman: And thanks for listening, and we'll see you guys next time.


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

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

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. Strauss shares her story, her on-the-road workout tips, and her favorite wisdom for better living from the ancient Stoic philosophers.

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

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

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

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

Podcast Episode 55: Bajheera on Games and Gains

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

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.

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

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 has been involved in many foundational studies in strength and supplement research. But this Ph.D. is also a bodybuilder with 3 decades of competition under his belt. A few weeks out from competing at age 54, he shares wisdom about training, eating, and supplementing for long-term health and success.

Podcast Episode 52: Baby Oil and Burgers with Lawrence Ballenger

Podcast Episode 52: Baby Oil and Burgers with Lawrence Ballenger

When classic physique competitor, fitness model, and Team Jyoto.info 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.

Podcast Episode 51: Pauline Nordin - Lessons from 20 Years of Hard Training

Podcast Episode 51: Pauline Nordin - Lessons from 20 Years of Hard Training

The iconic fitness model and creator of The Fighter Diet reflects on her two-decade anniversary of moving heavy iron. She goes deep into her history, her recent struggles with injury, how she uses pot for recovery, and far more.

Podcast Episode 50: The Foundations of Fitness Nutrition

Podcast Episode 50: The Foundations of Fitness Nutrition

Registered dieticians Douglas Kalman, Ph.D., and Susan Hewlings, Ph.D., pull up to the table to discuss what they ate for breakfast, how the rest of us should navigate the perils of mealtime, and their new course on Jyoto.info All Access: Jyoto.info's Foundations of Fitness Nutrition.

Podcast Episode 49: Abel Albonetti on How He Earned (and keeps) Those Abs

Podcast Episode 49: Abel Albonetti on How He Earned (and keeps) Those Abs

Fitness model Abel Albonetti stops by to share his fitness story and give some insight into training a certain muscle group he gets asked about constantly. He tells Nick and Heather about growing up home-schooled, transitioning from fashion model to fitness model, and his adventures with new-fangled fitness technology like the NeuFit. If you're curious about carb-cycling, he gives his personal approach to that, too!

Podcast Episode 48: Paige Hathaway on Fitness, Fish, Five-Week Challenges, and Flyover Country

Podcast Episode 48: Paige Hathaway on Fitness, Fish, Five-Week Challenges, and Flyover Country

Top fitness model and Instagram fit-star Paige Hathaway visits Jyoto.info headquarters in Boise to share her story. She talks with Nick and Heather about fitness challenges, pescatarian dieting, phone discipline, her fitness heroes, and plenty more.

Podcast Episode 47: Talking 1,000-rep workouts with Tyler Holt

Podcast Episode 47: Talking 1,000-rep workouts with Tyler Holt

Trainer and Jyoto.info Spokesmodel Search finalist Tyler Holt comes by to talk about 1,000-rep workouts, as well as the joys and challenges of "living the dream" of gym ownership in his mid-twenties.

Podcast Episode 46: Full-Body Training Done Right with Charles Staley

Podcast Episode 46: Full-Body Training Done Right with Charles Staley

Charles Staley calls himself "The oldest, skinniest guy you’ll ever see deadlifting 500 pounds." How does he do it? With intelligent full-body training that hits the sweet spot of intensity. After the release of his Jyoto.info All Access program Full-Body Strong, Staley tells us all about the right way to approach weight selection, programming, exercise selection, and gives all kinds of that coachy goodness that makes the difference between "I worked out" and "I crushed it."

Podcast Episode 45: Getting Uplifted through Lifting with Meg Squats

Podcast Episode 45: Getting Uplifted through Lifting with Meg Squats

Join powerlifter, Jyoto.info Spokesmodel Search winner, and YouTube fitness stalwart Meg Squats in this wide-ranging conversation. She shares her strong, strong story (it involves even more squatting than you might imagine) and gives crucial tips for thriving on her new program, Uplifted. Plus, there's a lot of screaming and alarms going off toward the end of this episode, if you like that sort of thing.

Podcast Episode 44: The World's Fittest Podcast Episode with Ross Edgley

Podcast Episode 44: The World's Fittest Podcast Episode with Ross Edgley

UK-based athletic adventurer Ross Edgley talks with Nick and Heather just days before undertaking an unbelievable feat: swimming all the way around Great Britain at a very muscular 220- pounds. This is a true deep-dive into the limits of human training and performance, philosophy, and "strongman swimming," all of which come together in Edgley's new best-seller, "The World's Fittest Book."

Podcast Episode 43: Deep-Diving Sports Nutrition And Cognition With Dr. Douglas Kalman

Podcast Episode 43: Deep-Diving Sports Nutrition And Cognition With Dr. Douglas Kalman

Registered dietician and co-founder of the International Society of Sports Nutrition Doug Kalman gives his perspective on a wide range of currently popular supplements for performance, and enhanced cognition. Plus, he answers the age-old question: Is brown rice really any better than white rice?

Podcast Episode 42: Living Lean with Alpha M

Podcast Episode 42: Living Lean with Alpha M

Aaron Marino, better known by the title of his immensely popular YouTube channel Alpha M, comes by the Jyoto.info offices to talk lifting, grooming, confidence, and his new fitness program, "Tailored: Six Weeks to Living Lean."

Podcast Episode 41: Kris Gethin - Man of Ultra

Podcast Episode 41: Kris Gethin - Man of Ultra

Our favorite bodybuilder-turned-triathlete stops by to discuss his latest challenge and triumph, a 50-kilometer high-desert ultramarathon in the middle of winter. The man who has famously "never missed a meal in 19 years" also talks about his recent experiment with intermittent fasting, and his next adventure: an unsupported ultra-triathlon in Yellowstone National Park!

Podcast Episode 40: Kym Nonstop on How to Build Your Body at Home

Podcast Episode 40: Kym Nonstop on How to Build Your Body at Home

Kym "Nonstop" Perfetto, star of Jyoto.info's new program Home Body, talks about her past in reality TV and her present as a fitness star and bike racer. General silliness, off-color humor, and kale-massage jokes abound.

Podcast Episode 39: Kyler Jackson - The Larger Calling of Muscle Building

Podcast Episode 39: Kyler Jackson - The Larger Calling of Muscle Building

Over the last 9 years, Kyler Jackson hasn't missed a workout. When he started the journey, he was a depressed teen looking to bulk up to protect himself. Today, he's an up-and-coming coach, YouTuber, and the newly crowned Jyoto.info Spokesmodel Contest Winner. He shares his story with us.

Podcast Episode 38: Straight talk on Protein and more with Dr. Jose Antonio

Podcast Episode 38: Straight talk on Protein and more with Dr. Jose Antonio

The CEO and co-founder of the International Society of Sports Nutrition stopped by Jyoto.info to talk about his research into high-protein diets, and share the current state of the research on protein dosage, creatine, glutamine, and plenty more.

Podcast Episode 37: Jason Poston on Global Fitness, Training, and Blood Sugar

Podcast Episode 37: Jason Poston on Global Fitness, Training, and Blood Sugar

IFBB physique pro Jason Poston is busier than ever, representing the sport around the world and sharing the details of his training and life with his fans. He gives an in-depth look into his 17-year lifting history, how he broke into the fitness industry, his wild experience with becoming a type-1 diabetic at age 28, and how everyone could benefit from "eating like a healthy diabetic."

Podcast Episode 36: Larger-than-Life Lifting and Eating with Branch Warren

Podcast Episode 36: Larger-than-Life Lifting and Eating with Branch Warren

IFBB pro Branch Warren has been a world-class bodybuilder for so long, it's easy to forget he's still just 42 years old–and still as huge and shredded as ever. "The Texas Rattlesnake" opens up about his history, his favorite game meats, and how he trains today–including his personal "strongman biathlon."

Podcast Episode 35: Taylor Chamberlain - Born into Bodybuilding

Podcast Episode 35: Taylor Chamberlain - Born into Bodybuilding

Team Jyoto.info athlete and IFBB Bikini Pro Taylor Chamberlain shares her fascinating story of finding her way in fitness, watching her parents take the stage when she was a teenager, and figuring out how to thrive with flexible dieting.

Podcast Episode 34: Hard-won Life and Lifting Lessons from KC Mitchell

Podcast Episode 34: Hard-won Life and Lifting Lessons from KC Mitchell

Strength icon KC Mitchell, aka "That 1-Leg Monster," shares his incredible story of struggle and redemption in this wide-ranging discussion. He lost a leg and nearly lost his life to an IED in Afghanistan, then battled back to become a competitive powerlifter with help from legends like Ed Coan, Mark Bell, Rich Piana and many others. Now he may be eyeballing… bodybuilding?

Podcast Episode 33: The Science of Physique Enhancement with Dr. Bill Campbell

Podcast Episode 33: The Science of Physique Enhancement with Dr. Bill Campbell

Researcher and "Physique Scientist" Dr. Bill Campbell, the head of the Physique Enhancement Laboratory at the University of South Florida, talks about two groundbreaking studies he's worked on regarding protein intake for women and flexible dieting, as well as the incredible science of strength training for fat-loss.

Podcast Episode 32: Cassandra Martin - Physique-Building by Old-School Lifting and... Construction Work?

Podcast Episode 32: Cassandra Martin - Physique-Building by Old-School Lifting and... Construction Work?

Cassandra Martin is known for serious muscles and heavy lifting on Instagram, but doesn't share much else in her posts. She and her husband Hunter stopped by to discuss how they train, how their work makes her stronger, and why she feels lifters should eat their way through a plateau.

Podcast Episode 31: Brandan Fokken's Wild Fitness Journey

Podcast Episode 31: Brandan Fokken's Wild Fitness Journey

Longtime Jyoto.info athlete Brandan Fokken shares his fascinating story and talks Hulkamania, corporate wellness, the ultimate disastrous show prep, and far more.

Podcast Episode 30: Bikini Redefined With Amy Updike

Podcast Episode 30: Bikini Redefined With Amy Updike

IFBB Bikini Pro and fitness model Amy Updike talks tats, nursing, implants, and how CrossFit inspired her to take up bikini competitions.

Podcast Episode 29: Kris Gethin Crosses The Finish Line

Podcast Episode 29: Kris Gethin Crosses The Finish Line

Just days after the dramatic climax of his six-month Man of Iron video series and training protocol, Kris stops by to share the amazing story, and the wisdom he earned along the way. If you haven't watched Episode 25, watch that first, and then listen to this!

Podcast Episode 28: Old-School Training Wisdom From Julian

Podcast Episode 28: Old-School Training Wisdom From Julian "The Quad Guy" Smith

He's a highly popular trainer and bodybuilder who also happens to have one of the most impressive sets of wheels out there. But Julian Smith doesn't keep his training secret! He shares plenty that you can use right away in this in-depth conversation.

Podcast Episode 27: 'Possible' Pat Takes the Stage

Podcast Episode 27: 'Possible' Pat Takes the Stage

In his second visit to the podcast, the weight-loss icon Pat Brocco tells us about his first time competing onstage after losing over 300 pounds. He's also helping lead a unique new weightloss challenge for Jyoto.info that his fans need to know about!

Podcast Episode 26: Sadik Hadzovic on Training and Napping Like a Champ

Podcast Episode 26: Sadik Hadzovic on Training and Napping Like a Champ

One of the world's great bodybuilders stop by to talk competition, the perfect muscle-building sleep schedule, and protein doughnuts.

Podcast Episode 25: Jim Stoppani on Daily Full-Body Training, Fasting, And More

Podcast Episode 25: Jim Stoppani on Daily Full-Body Training, Fasting, And More

Dr. Jim Stoppani brings plenty of energy—and plenty of gummy bears—to the recording studio. He's been espousing the virtues of full-body, near-daily workouts in recent months, and says it could just be the best training technique out there—if you do it right. He also goes deep into the science and practice of intermittent fasting, which allows him to stay lean and energetic well into his fifties!

Podcast Episode 24: The Art of the Everyday Workout with Kizzito Ejam

Podcast Episode 24: The Art of the Everyday Workout with Kizzito Ejam

Longtime Jyoto.info athlete Kizzito Ejam stops by to discuss his unique rest-day-free approach to training. He's been both lifting and doing cardio daily--sometimes twice a day-- for years, and he tells us how he's made it work, while also sharing plenty of laughs along the way.

Podcast Episode 23: Charles Staley - How to Lift to Stay Strong and Healthy at Any Age!

Podcast Episode 23: Charles Staley - How to Lift to Stay Strong and Healthy at Any Age!

Strength coach Charles Staley offers up his hard-earned wisdom about how to balance strength, body composition, and overall health as the years go by. From programming to choosing movements to flexible dieting, he touches on everything you need to know to plan out your lifting life!

Podcast Episode 22: Lee Constantinou, The Relentless Competitor

Podcast Episode 22: Lee Constantinou, The Relentless Competitor

WBFF pro bodybuilder Lee Constantinou went from lean martial artist to competitive bodybuilder in a matter of months, and has never looked back. He's taken to the stage 10 times in the past six years, and he shared his plan for how to get there, feel good doing it, and develop your crucial plan for afterward.

Podcast Episode 21: From 600 Pounds to the Stage with 'Possible' Pat Brocco

Podcast Episode 21: From 600 Pounds to the Stage with "Possible" Pat Brocco

Pat had been big forever—so big that he could gain 100 pounds in a little over a year and not even notice a difference. But then he turned his life around, one literal step at a time. On the verge of his first-ever competition, the star of Jyoto.info's popular YouTube series joins us to get real about life-changing transformations.

Podcast Episode 20: The Weird, Gritty World of Contest Prep

Podcast Episode 20: The Weird, Gritty World of Contest Prep

Heather Eastman, a former NPC competitor, coach, and judge, as well as a content editor for Jyoto.info, joins the show as co-host and digs deep into show prep. Are you thinking about aiming for the stage and wondering if it's the right for you? Start here, and then decide.

Podcast Episode 19: How to Earn Your Best-Ever Back Squat

Podcast Episode 19: How to Earn Your Best-Ever Back Squat

In this info-packed episode, strength coach and doctor of physical therapy John Rusin, Ph.D., gives his step-by-step guide to earning your right to kneel before the throne of the so-called King of Lifts. Do these squat variations in this order, and do your back squat this way, and you'll never regret it!

Podcast Episode 18: The Buff Dudes and the Eternal Journey for Gains

Podcast Episode 18: The Buff Dudes and the Eternal Journey for Gains

The clown princes of online fitness, aka Brandon and Hudson White, stop by to talk about their incredibly popular YouTube channel, their evolving approach to fitness education and satire, and their upcoming program and video series with Jyoto.info.

Podcast Episode 17: Kris Gethin - Meet the Man of Iron

Podcast Episode 17: Kris Gethin - Meet the Man of Iron

You may know Kris Gethin the bodybuilder, but Kris Gethin the ultra-endurance athlete? That's a new one. But not only is the master of pain training to do an Ironman triathlon, he's doing it in a fraction of the time that athletes usually take. In this episode, Kris talks with us about what will surely be a wild ride.

Podcast Episode 16: All About Caffeine - What Every Lifter Needs to Know

Podcast Episode 16: All About Caffeine - What Every Lifter Needs to Know

Fill up the cup and listen to Krissy Kendall, Ph.D. tell us everything we should know about the world's most popular drug. Are you trying to match your caffeine intake to your physique or training goals? Here's what you need to know!

Podcast Episode 15: The Ins And Outs Of Ketogenic Dieting For Athletes - Part 2

Podcast Episode 15: The Ins And Outs Of Ketogenic Dieting For Athletes - Part 2

Welcome back to part 2 of our keto podcast with EAS athlete Jason Wittrock and Chief Science Officer for EAS Dr. Steve Hertzler. Today we dive into all things keto-adaptation!

Podcast Episode 14: The Ins And Outs Of Ketogenic Dieting For Athletes - Part 1

Podcast Episode 14: The Ins And Outs Of Ketogenic Dieting For Athletes - Part 1

EAS athlete Jason Wittrock and Chief Science Officer for EAS Dr. Steve Hertzler sit down with us and explain the ins and outs of nutritional ketosis for athletes!

Podcast Episode 13: Robert Irvine - Chef, Lifter, Soldier, TV Star

Podcast Episode 13: Robert Irvine - Chef, Lifter, Soldier, TV Star

Chef Robert Irvine makes time in his insanely busy schedule to stop by and chat about lifting, eating, working with soldiers and veterans, and plenty else!

Podcast Episode 12: Craig Capurso - The Abdominal Snowman!

Podcast Episode 12: Craig Capurso - The Abdominal Snowman!

Fitness model and IFBB Men's Physique Pro Craig Capurso braves the elements to talk with Nick and Krissy about his new passion for performance-focused training, his breaking point with physique competition, and why he sometimes feels like "the fitness dad."

Podcast Episode 11: Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan - What Women Really Need To Know About Body Fat & Fitness

Podcast Episode 11: Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan - What Women Really Need To Know About Body Fat & Fitness

Special guest Abbie Smith-Ryan, Ph.D., expert in women's fitness and body fat measurements, answers our wide-ranging questions about training, cellulite, and health for women. Wondering how accurate that number on the calipers is? How low you should strive to go? Whether you should do cardio fasted? Listen up before you cut down!

Podcast Episode 10: Out of Surgery and Onto the Stage with Shaun Stafford

Podcast Episode 10: Out of Surgery and Onto the Stage with Shaun Stafford

Two-time WBFF world champion Shaun Stafford stops by to talk about buffets, injuries, and coming back from the shoulder cyst he thought at first was just gains.

Podcast Episode 9: Mark Bell & Silent Mike on The Way of the Powerlifter

Podcast Episode 9: Mark Bell & Silent Mike on The Way of the Powerlifter

The world's strongest coach, Mark Bell, discusses powerlifting, CrossFit, and his vague recollections of his first meet. If you know these guys from their YouTube channel or podcast, Mark Bell's PowerCast, you know that nothing is off limits!

Podcast Episode 8: Dr. Krissy Kendall - Is Creatine Safe for Teens?

Podcast Episode 8: Dr. Krissy Kendall - Is Creatine Safe for Teens?

Krissy Kendall, PhD, reacts to recent headlines raising concerns about teen usage of the popular supplement creatine. If you've been wondering if creatine is safe for you or your student athlete, here's what you need to know!

Podcast Episode 7: Andy Speer - How To Train Like An Athlete and Stay Photo-Ready, Too

Podcast Episode 7: Andy Speer - How To Train Like An Athlete and Stay Photo-Ready, Too

NYC-based coach and Performix athlete Andy Speer talks about his unique approach to training and coaching, and why he likes to compete in sports ranging from Olympic lifting to martial arts into his 30s.

Podcast Episode 6: Walks, Whole Eggs & Pull-ups - Lais DeLeon's Reasonable Fit Life

Podcast Episode 6: Walks, Whole Eggs & Pull-ups - Lais DeLeon's Reasonable Fit Life

Can you be a fitness model without leading an obsessive, calorie-fixated life? Lais DeLeon says you can, and over a million people watch her make it happen daily on Instagram and other social platforms. Here's how she does it.

Podcast Episode 5: Dr. Layne Norton's Hard Truths of Training

Podcast Episode 5: Dr. Layne Norton's Hard Truths of Training

Want to know how to tackle the holidays? How about the best way to use blood flow restriction training or nutrient timing? Get the straight dope from muscle-building scientist Dr. Layne Norton!

Podcast Episode 4: Dr. Dominic D'Agostino on the Ketogenic Diet

Podcast Episode 4: Dr. Dominic D'Agostino on the Ketogenic Diet

Researcher Dr. Dominic D'Agostino explains the significance and best approaches to the ketogenic diet, troubleshooting common problems, and looking at the next frontier of ketogenic and fasting-related research.

Podcast Episode 3: Evan Centopani - How A Pro Grows

Podcast Episode 3: Evan Centopani - How A Pro Grows

Fresh off the release of his new training program Iron Intelligence, we spend an hour with one of the world's top bodybuilders. How did he get there? How healthy is he? Why does he eat so much freaking kale? Listen to find out.

Podcast Episode 2: The Crazy Life of a Crazy-fit Couple

Podcast Episode 2: The Crazy Life of a Crazy-fit Couple

Deep talk and serious goofing off with one of the fittest couples in the industry. Chassidy and Antonio Smothers talk with hosts Nick Collias and Dr. Krissy Kendall about lifting, love, beer, bacon, and Instagram.

Podcast Episode 1: You're Doing It All Wrong...

Podcast Episode 1: You're Doing It All Wrong...

Hosts Nick Collias and Dr. Krissy Kendall chat with special guest Bill Geiger about his robust history of training (and injuries) from the ‘80s onward. Learn from this fitness industry veteran’s triumphs and tragedies so you can stay in the game as long as he has!

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About Your Hosts

Nick Collias Nick Collias


Nick Collias is the Deputy Editor at Jyoto.info. He spends his work days typing in primitive sandals at a desk surrounded by full-fat, no-measure supertreats. Lunch time is for blood-occluded core training and Danish presses. Dinner is a terrifying spectacle to behold, so let's leave it at that. His shaker bottle has a kettlebell inside, so swing it at your own risk.

Nick is a certified Russian Kettlebell (RKC) instructor, but can also be found wandering the high desert trails of Idaho at odd hours in odder attire.



Heather Eastman Heather Eastman


A native of Santa Cruz, California, Heather Eastman happened upon a life-changing opportunity while earning her bachelor's degree from UCLA. Though her course work prepared her for a life in the medical field, Heather left it behind to pursue her love of exercise and fitness, earning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Council on Exercise. She finished her degree while working for the university at the renowned John Wooden Center as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor.

In her 12 years' experience training clients and teaching classes, Heather went on to work with health and fitness professionals from around the country and mastered everything from competitive bodybuilding to CrossFit to aerial silks. She enjoys art and travel, having already visited 28 countries on 5 continents, and when she's not exploring the world or attempting new challenges she loves to be home where she can cook healthy meals, spend time with her pets, and watch movies.


Krissy Kendall, Ph.D. Krissy Kendall, Ph.D.

Krissy Kendall, Ph.D., is a lecturer in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. She previously served as Jyoto.info's science editor, and spent 2½ years as an assistant professor in the School of Health and Kinesiology at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Kendall also served as the director of the Human Performance Laboratory at GSU, where her research interests focused on the effects of training and nutritional interventions on body composition and performance. Dr. Kendall has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and abstracts on sports nutrition, supplementation, and training adaptations.

Dr. Kendall received her master's and PhD from the University of Oklahoma, studying exercise physiology. She holds certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS*D), International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN), and American College of Sports Medicine (HFS).


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