StrongFirst Podcast Episode #17
Dr. Stu McGill discusses optimal back health and its importance when strength training.
00:55 — Craig introduces Dr. Stu McGill.
4:46 — Dr. McGill discusses animal models and how the cervical spine of a pig is similar to the human spine.
09:17 — Discussion of Pavel’s core strength measured in the lab.
13:30 — Dr. McGill and Pavel’s collaborations.
14:40 — Optimized lifts and the deadlift.
16:37 — The best time of day to do a deadlift.
23:40 — How you can build more strength in your bones after a fracture.
26:55 — Dr. McGill´s thoughts on yoga.
27:59 — Controlled stiffness´s impact on athleticism.
28:30 — Mobility for mobility sake is a kiss of death.
28:50 — Why we need to know our goals and design our training program.
30:24 — Genetics´ impact on what we are able to do.
37:58 — The power of the kettlebell swing in strength training.
44:22 — Weightlifting belts.
48:22 — Why creating proximal stiffness enhances distal speed.
51:44 — Power breaths make a difference in weight training.
2 Key Points:
- When you are designing your training regimen, it helps to know your goals. On a deeper level, it also helps to know what you want to get out of each exercise.
- Deadlifts are not for everyone. All exercises are not for everyone. Know your capabilities and physical limitations and design your workout based on you.
- “Proximal stiffness enhances distal speed. – Dr. Stu McGill”
- “Every exercise is simply a tool to achieve a goal. We need to know the goal for each exercise. – Dr. Stu McGill”