Examples are provided for each stage within a bad back rehabilitation program together with performance enhancement programs for athletes.
Beginning with recognizing and re-patterning perturbed motor programs and progressing to the enhancement of stability, then endurance, the final stages continue with strength, power and agility training.
Each step is well illustrated and instructive. Added to this are general approaches to assess the demands of individual activities and sports and how to identify the critical components that need specific focus in an individual’s back.
Dr McGill’s style makes for an easy read of this thorough and rich resource.
If you just want pictures of exercises, get another book. If you want to know WHY, HOW and WHEN specific exercises work and how to design a logical progression, then this is the book for you
Be prepared for a new approach. Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance is a myth buster!
The 5th edition features a chapter on transitional training. Many are able to train a foundation for performance but fail to make the transition to specific training.
Transition training guidelines are described and the concept of “superstiffness” is introduced with new exercises based on his recent studies.
Tips to employ this effective principle are also described with examples – eliminate energy leaks, conquer sticking points, enhance speed and achieve ultimate performance.
Practical sections include the «squat clinic». Typical of Dr McGill’s writings, the guidance is evidence-based.
Note that this book is intended to assist in the design of a wider spectrum of the best exercise progression to enhance back fitness in the safest way. It was written for savvy lay people and professionals alike.
Low Back Disorders (McGill’s other book) is intended for professionals to assist in patient assessment, injury prevention, and therapeutic exercise design.