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Mattsirpeace

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http://www.strongfirst.com/topic/good-interview-with-dr-mcgill/

Bret Contreras and Stu McGill just had a great interview, and reached the same conclusion as Steve:  "It depends."  They get into tail-tucking at one hour, nineteen minutes, but the whole three hours is great stuff.

The interview gave me more confidence in listening to my body and less confidence in offering advice to anybody else.  Currently I'm doing 'wrong' goblet squats with the idea of revisiting 'wrong' backsquats.

@Derrick -- yes.
 

Mattsirpeace

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Reverse Hypers deserve mentioning.  The big difference is that here the spine is in traction:

http://youtu.be/i9tU7_w7rvw

In Beyond Bodybuilding there is an article on Mel Siff's "Injury Prevention by Imperfection Training."  Pavel covers hockey deadlifts and loosening deadlifts.  He concludes:

But success stories notwithstanding, you must be aware that the above exercises are frowned upon by many medical practitioners; spine torsion and loaded forward flexion are traditionally a no-no.  Clear them with a doctor and practice at your own risk.
 

Mattsirpeace

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Hi all, maybe now is a good time for an update, in case the original poster happens to be reading.  Dan -- sorry again to hijack your thread.  Curious how goblet squats are working for your clients.

Back squats are working for me quite well, because I've spent some time with swings & goblets.  A working weight at the moment is 205 lbs for five reps.  Excruciating tough technique -- barefoot, no belt, rock-bottom, paused.  My tail-tucking is much less than back in the day.  Bret Contreras would call it acceptable.  The "proud chest" cue is also helpful, so that I'm not doing roundback good-mornings anymore.  Thanks StrongFirst -- squats don't come easy for me.
 
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