Author: Dr. Stuart McGill

Master Your Back Pain – All back pain has a cause

All back pain has a cause – understanding this is the key to beating pain. A proper assessment reveals the motions, postures and loads that cause pain versus ones that do not. This evidence-based approach resulted from 32 years of lab and clinical investigations. The first objective is to stop the cause to allow the […]

Pull Ups With Dr. Stuart McGill

IMPROVE SPEED, POWER, AND NEURO DRIVE WITH THIS EXERCISE CREATED BY A FOREMOST AUTHORITY IN SPINAL BIOMECHANICS. In May of 2013, I met Dr. Stuart McGill, who, in short, saved my athletic career. I had a badly damaged back and was on the way out of elite powerlifting. He helped me start from ground zero, rebuild back to 100 percent, […]

The Back Mechanic: Professor McGill covers many relevant and controversial topics for the trainer and clinician dealing with back pained clients.

From an HFE Interview in the UK: Professor Stuart McGill is arguably the world’s foremost authority on matters related to the spine and back pain. With decades of experience, including thirty years as a professor at the University of Waterloo, his investigative research has explored the mechanics of back pain, rehabilitation, injury resilience and performance. […]

Head position and the deadlift

By Stuart McGill. I have heard many opinions about how to position the head and neck during the deadlift. The science on this issue is quite sparse but the good news is you can find the best position for you and your clients. As with every technique there is no universal answer, rather the truth lies […]

My Journey to the Kettlebell

By Professor Stuart McGill The kettlebell is special to me! The journey to the KB as a training tool has linked me to several important events in my life. And it was part of the beginning of my friendship with Pavel (Pavel Tsatsouline – the man who introduced Kettlebells from behind the iron curtain to the […]

Empowering Self Advocacy: Taking charge of your back pain (2015)

Most patients rarely receive the most  important part of the prescription to get rid of back pain from their doctor – the knowledge and understanding of their condition required to become their own best advocate. They remain clueless and frustrated, left in the dark about what behaviors must be stopped in order to alleviate the […]

The Fat Tongue technique (2015)

The Fat Tongue by Stuart McGill (Download PDF, 29Kb) Observe many top weightlifters approaching the bar, and taking their stance. Fixing their gaze above the horizontal they lift their chest extending the spine and neck. Arms waver at their sides in a slow rhythm exemplifying the old Russian technique for relaxation. The objective is to […]

Why Everyone needs Core Training

Stuart McGill I have been working with back pained people and high performance athletes for over 30 years. If I were asked to choose the single most influential variable that links pain and performance enhancement, it would be an underperforming core. Why is this? What is the core? Core stiffness is essential for injury prevention. […]