It is from this video. It is at 4 minute and 16 second. Here is the context:

All those things coming because we accruing volume and volume creates overload. But volume will also create overuse. And if you keep relying on this – especially if you are not using spot on, dead on, nails perfect form – it will start rear its ugly head a lot faster.


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Way down at the bottom of the Cambridge dictionary page:

nail (verb): (informal) to do something successfully:

To nail something is an idiomatic expression that means to do it more or less perfectly. The guy in the video is saying that if you are not nailing perfect form each time, overuse (lifting too much or too often) will create problems.

Other examples:

The gymnast fumbled a little in the middle of her routine, but since she nailed the landing the judges gave her good scores.

I'm not sure about some of the questions on the exam, but I nailed the essay.

(edit) "Nails-perfect" is not typical of the way I've heard nail used as a verb, but language evolves and perhaps it's common slang in the speaker's circles.

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    I think you're right, but it's probably worth mentioning that "nails perfect" is not a very common way to use this word. In the context quoted by the OP, perhaps it should be hyphenated? if you are not using spot on, dead on, nails-perfect form... And even then, I'd wonder if that's a non-standard way of saying "nails-it-perfectly." Usually when I see "nails perfect", the perfect is an adjective for the object that follows, such as in a caption like this one: John Stones nails perfect header off the corner.
    – J.R.
    Jul 16, 2018 at 17:42
  • "we accruing volume", "start rear" - that piece is either not written by a native speaker, or by one careless or ignorant of grammar. Jul 16, 2018 at 18:49
  • @MichaelHarvey He's clearly a native speaker, but as we know, language evolves and perhaps "nails perfect" is idiomatic in his circles.
    – Andrew
    Jul 16, 2018 at 18:57
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    @MichaelHarvey Without more context I couldn't say. It's possible that, at least once per day, I shamelessly use expressions that would make an Oxford scholar shudder. It be what it be.
    – Andrew
    Jul 16, 2018 at 19:02
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    @MichaelHarvey - You haven't listened to the video. The speaker plainly says, "All those things are coming because we're accruing volume." It's not bad English, it's a bad transcription. (Also, "that will start to rear..."). To be fair, though, the speaker talks very fast, and I'd rather have an OP make an effort to transcribe than merely post a video link.
    – J.R.
    Jul 16, 2018 at 22:14

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