About this product
This book is about healing injury in the athletes back and then building resilience to compete once again. Anyone who trains will enhance their injury resilience and performance employing these principles proven over and over with athletes. In the highly competitive world of strength athletics, a back injury is seen by many as the ultimate career-ender. In truth, if handled properly, it is far from a death sentence. Follow the journey of international powerlifting champion Brian Carroll, who can attest to this first hand. This remarkable athlete went from 1100 lb squats and 800 lb deadlifts to unending pain and disability after a massive spinal compression injury. After a fortuitous meeting with leading back expert Professor Stuart McGill, he reset his training and his life to fight his way back to the top of the winner’s podium. Glean expertise from McGill and Carroll, both masters in their field, and learn how to orchestrate your own triumphant comeback. Whether you are a former champion yourself who has fallen on hard times, or someone starting a new foray into the world of strength training who wants to avoid injury and maximize training, the wisdom found within these pages is sure to take your resilience and lifts to the next level. Over 200 full color, rich illustrations demonstrate technique.
About the Author
Stuart McGill, PhD, is a professor at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a world-renowned lecturer and expert in spine function, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. He has written more than 300 scientific publications on lumbar function, mechanisms of low back injury, investigation of rehabilitation programs matched to specific categories of back pain patients, and the formulation of work-related injury avoidance strategies. He has received several awards for his work, including the Volvo Bioengineering Award for Low Back Pain Research from Sweden.
McGill has been an invited lecturer at many universities and delivered more than 300 addresses to societies around the world. As a consultant, he has provided expertise on assessment and reduction of the risk of low back injury to government agencies, corporations, professional athletes and teams, and legal firms. He is one of the few scientists who, in addition to performing research, is regularly requested by the medical profession to consult with challenging patients from around the world.
Author: Stuart McGill
ISBN nr: 978-0973501865
Publisher: Backfitpro Inc.
Weight: 0.5 kg
Table of Contents
FOREWORD BY WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN BILL KAZMAIER
How to read this book
Meet Stuart and Brian
SECTION 1: A STRENGTH ATHLETE’S STORY
Chapter 1: Breaking Point – the fork in the road
Chapter 2: The Early Years
- The path
- Mentorship – everyone needs a mentor
- The path to powerlifting
- Creating the monster
- Tunnel vision
- Early success
Chapter 3: Charting my spine’s demise
- Encounters with back pain
- My luck was starting to run out
- Bad back to worse – broken back
- Searching for relief
Chapter 4: Recovery – The athlete and the professor
Chapter 5: The injury explained
Chapter 6: The negotiation
SECTION 2: YOUR GUIDE: THE PATH FROM DISABLED BACK TO ULTIMATE STRENGTH AND INJURY RESILIENCE
Chapter 7: Commitment and resolve to get better
Chapter 8: A general approach to guide recovery
- Stage 1: Getting rid of disabling pain
- Stage 2: The general approach to determining the training program
Chapter 9: Assessment: Testing yourself – the key to designing your rehab-training program
- Step 1: Assess demands
- Step 2: Assess the athlete capabilities
- Step 3: Design the program
Chapter 10: Programming – The foundation for pain-free and resilient training
SECTION 3: BRIAN’S PROGRAM AND PROGRESS TIMELINE
Chapter 11: Re-inventing a strength athlete 2013-2015
SECTION 4: STRENGTH TECHNIQUE, COACHING, TRAINING, AND PROGRAMMING
Chapter 12: Re-Mastering the powerlifts for all
- The 5 basic principles of strength training
- Your Warm-up guide
- Coaching the powerlifts
- – The Squat
- – The Bench Press
- – The Deadlift
- – Programming assistance work for the big lifts
Chapter 13: Training wisdom – lessons earned the hard way
- Training mindset and approach – the mentality
- Big weights require big mindset
- The night before
- Game day
- Final countdown
Chapter 14: Retirement – Knowing when to step away
Chapter 15: Conclusion
SECTION 5: CHARTS, LOGS AND GYM BAG ESSENTIALS
Bojan Drakulic –
This book is a must purchase if you are a strength athlete and also the population at large. If you train for long periods of time – eventually you”ll get tweaked. Brian and Stu McGill give you a plan to progress and train for a life time. Also importantly they give you the correct mindset you need to have to remain healthy or if you are injured to come back.
This is a wonderful book I have two copies – 1 for me and 1 that I gave to a friend that is suffering from back pain. What Brian and Stu write about works and you have the synergy of a science and lifting in one book.
The book is really a few different stories in 1. It covers the history of Brian’s power lifting career, it gives a walkthrough of his recovery and it also shows you how to prescribe your own recovery and training using Brian and Stu’s insights.After reading the book and applying the training methodology I have been able to workout pain free – despite having a torn meniscus. The book teaches you how to apply the principles for your specific goal. Another thing I took away from the book is the mindset you need to have as an athlete – Brian lays out the foundation on how you need to think if you want to be successful and remain pain free. Stu supports the science behind the recommendations, its nice to have a balance of the practical and scientific in pme place. Especially with so much conflicting “science” out there, “fake news”, its nice to pick up a book that lays out exactly what you need to do, how to do it for your specific situation and supports its with practical, functional and scientific examples through out. It ‘s very well thought out and everything is rooted in science and experience. A really great book, buy it for yourself or to help someone out of pain.
Medical professional –
As a clinician, I’ve read all of McGill’s work over the years, as it’s proven time and time again to work wonders. More recently, I’ve discovered Brian Carroll’s work.
In my humble opinion, this joint project with Powerlifting Legend Brian Carroll ties together all of Stuart’s work and shows you EXACTLY how it’s directly applicable, and not just theory. This book is a case study of an athlete broken physically and mentally and at his end – it gives you a complete, insiders look on how an, specifically a back injury can cripple an athlete mentally and physically.
This book has so much from a great and triumphant narrated story to the thorough back rehab pearls of wisdom, moving like an athlete, excellent and extensive strength training information, along with the sage strength athlete who takes the nuggets of prehab knowledge can avoid the issues that Brian had.
This book and story are so good that it should be called the ‘Encyclopedia of how to fine tune a strength athlete with resilient, long-lasting Strength!’
This book feels great in the hands, dense and it’s full color. The pages are high-end glossy style and the full colors pictures don’t waste ANY space, as the text is wrapped around them. Top shelf in every way!
Best of all? It delivers!!! It met my expectations and some!
Thank you, both, Stuart and Brian for putting together this awesome product for us to learn from and use to help others!