Category Archives: Low Back Reconditioning

Transcribed Interview With Stu McGill

Last month, I posted an audio interview with Dr. Stu McGill HERE. At that time, many readers requested a written transcription of the interview. Well, ask, and you shall receive! By the way, my favorite quote is this:

And what the listeners – I hope they understand – is that it doesn’t matter whether I’m with you (Bret) or Pavel or Dan John or back in the old days of Mel Siff, Zatsiorsky and Gracovetsky, any of these people, we were all good friends. We enjoyed one another. We enjoyed debating. And it was over a beer and peanuts. We knew one another’s kids, all of these things. They came and stayed at houses just like you did.

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New Research: The Glute Max is Really Good at Stabilizing the SI Joint

Low back pain is a bitch! Previous literature suggests that up to 30% of incidences of low back pain could in fact stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. I wrote about the SI joint a year and a half ago in a blogpost titled, The Sacroiliac Joint Takes a Beating. If you haven’t read this yet, I recommend you do!

Nevertheless, a recent paper has emerged that sheds more light on the critical role that the gluteus maximus plays in stabilizing the SI joint. The article was published in the Clinical Journal of Biomechanics and is titled, “Anatomy and biomechanics of gluteus maximus and the thoracolumbar fascia at the sacroiliac joint.” Click HERE for the Pubmed link, but I’ll paste the abstract below:

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Three Hours of Conversation With Dr. Stu McGill

Last week, I posted an article that described my visit to Waterloo, home of The University of Waterloo where Dr. Stu McGill’s spine biomechanics laboratory resides. Click HERE to read the article.

Due to the impressive response in the comments section, I asked Dr. McGill if he’d be kind enough to discuss the things mentioned in the article in an interview, and he obliged.

I warned him ahead of time that we’d need a few hours to get through everything, and luckily he was okay with it. I suggest dividing the interview up into three one-hour segments and listening on multiple days so you can catch all of it.

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A Day With Dr. Stu McGill

The spine is a delicate structure, one that you don’t want to take for granted. Professionals who work with athletes must possess sufficient knowledge of the spine and how it operates in order to provide appropriate instructions and recommendations. I have personally devoted hundreds of hours toward improving my understanding of spinal biomechanics as I take this topic very seriously. But perhaps nobody in the world understands spinal biomechanics as much as Dr. Stu McGill, professor at University of Waterloo and owner of

In order to fully appreciate Dr. McGill’s vast knowledge and contributions to our industry, you’d need to have either followed his career for the past 30 years, or trace back and examine his findings and discoveries throughout the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, and 2010’s. See Pubmed for a list or his CV from late 2011 which is absolutely incredible.

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