Author: Dr. Stuart McGill

The short stop squat: A drill for setting up big pulls

Professor Stuart McGill I am often asked for my opinion about the best way to squat, or to pull a loaded bar. My answer always is, “It depends on the person”. We all have a different injury history influencing which tissues may need sparing, different body segment length ratios affecting leverage advantages, different hip socket […]

Striking faster and harder – How the great fighters do it

Stuart McGill, University of Waterloo, ( and Jon Chaimberg, Adrenaline Performance Center, Montreal ( Published in Blitz Martial Arts Magazine, Australia, 2009 Great fighters simply get more out of their bodies to create fantastic performance. Teaming up with some top MMA/UFC fighters, we were able to document the “tricks” of striking fast and hard (see […]

Magazine: Core Values | The New York Times

Magazine: Core Values | The New York Times Stuart McGill, a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo in Canada, demonstrates a core exercise program that emphasizes all the major muscles that support the spine.

On The Use Weight Belts

Stuart M. McGill Professor of Spine Biomechanics, University of Waterloo, Canada A review invited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association March 2005 Scientific studies regarding the use of belts for athletic endeavours is scarce. Much more evidence and insight exists for the use of belts in occupational settings. The relevant information from occupational usage […]

Spine flexion exercise: Myths, Truths and Issues affecting health and performance

Professor Stuart McGill, PhD University of Waterloo, Canada, and Backfitpro Inc. ( This short article is intended to address the confusion regarding the issue of spine flexion and the misquoting of our work on this topic. First, some general thoughts are addressed, followed with discussion of the mechanisms of athletic performance, injury resilience, and suggestions […]