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Jan 27, 2018

Are crunches really all that bad? How can you get the torso strength of a steel bar? How can you keep your glutes "turned on"? Is there a way to fix your back without seeing a chiropractic doc over and over again?

These questions and many more are things I constantly think about when it comes to the health of the low back, so I decided to get one of the world's leading low back experts on the podcast to clear up the confusion and clutter about your back and spine. Stuart McGill has been a Professor of Spine Biomechanics at the University of Waterloo for over 32 years, authored of over 240 scientific journal papers and has mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey. As a consultant, he has provided expertise on low back injury to various government agencies, many corporations and legal firms and professional/international athletes and teams worldwide. He is regularly referred special patient cases from the international medical community for opinion.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Stu quantifies whether or not something actually works to strengthen your low back or fix your back pain...[8:30]

-The three major elements that influence spine stability...[14:00]

-The Stuart McGill "big three" exercises for low back pain...[24:20]

-What Stu thinks about credit card analogy out there that you can't "bend" the spine a whole bunch of times without causing damage...[31:10]

-How you can develop extreme "Okinawan" strength...[40:05]

-How Stu treats and fixes low back pain related to sex...[45:45]

-How to make your core stability a "subconscious motion"...[58:25]

-Whether it is true that an SI joint can "lock up" and if so, how that can be fixed...[62:30]

-Stu's opinion on inversion tables or yoga trapezes for self traction and low back pain...[68:30]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Stu McGill's books on Amazon -Stu's new book "The Gift Of Injury" -The Stu McGill big three exercises -The Stir The Pot exercise -My interview about Core Foundation exercises -Hard style plank

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Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Stu or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!