Category Archives: Training Basics

Lessons about low back pain (part one)

I had the pleasure of spending two days at a Dr. Stuart McGill seminar about “Building the Ultimate Back”. Dr. McGill is a spine biomechanist at the University of Waterloo, an internationally renowned speaker about low back dysfunction, an equally renowned clinician, and the author of Low back Disorders and Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance.

Because Dr. McGill covered so much amazing information, and because back function is such an important topic, I have split this into three articles. This first article provides what I view as the 4 basic points he addressed.

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If I could suggest 3 things…

I recently talked to someone who gets recurrent low back pain.  I tried to engage them in a conversation about strength and stability training, but was politely brushed off with a “I know what I need to do – I need to strengthen my abs”.  A while later, I wished I had made one quick suggestion: “stretch your hip flexors”

Why hip flexors for low-back pain?   Continue reading If I could suggest 3 things…