S2EP2: Dr. Stuart McGill


Dr. Stuart McGill is one of the biggest influences on the spine-first philosophy laid out in Becoming a Supple Leopard. He is a retired Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo, the writer of many influential books, and is an expert on back pain. Stu speaks with us about pain, the mechanisms, and his unique treatment methodology with clinical examples including his work with legendary powerlifter, Brian Carroll, the subject of his newest book, Gift of Injury (2017, written with Carroll).

For more info on Stu and his books, check out his website!

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5 thoughts on “S2EP2: Dr. Stuart McGill

  1. Samuel Tapp says:

    This was a very respectful interview, but if I’m honest I can’t help feeling a few punches are being pulled. Does it goes much deeper than two experts in their respective fields agreeing that good posture is non-negotiable for LBP? I hope it is followed up with further interviews that probe the stability/mobility continuum in more detail. A possible starting point would be the possible conflicts or misconceptions about stability/mobility. I look forward to more if possible. It would be a shame if both areas of expertise are not developed with a little more rigour for the general public.

  2. A good student asks questions says:

    What’s the word on the 10 minute squat test and lacrosse balls in the lower back?

  3. Ronald Krzesniak says:

    Thank you for introducing me to Dr. McGill and his groundbreaking work. As a result, I have purchased his book, Back Mechanic, and it looks like it will be just as useful as Deskbound.. I love the practical application of evidence-based research and look forward to putting my 70 year old body through these beneficial movements…

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