Sunday, July 20, 2008

I Hate When People Write Stupid Things

I'm sorry, I just had to post this. I was reading an article on back pain on the Internet. It started out pretty good and was citing Stuart McGill's work. Then it took a turn for the worse. Half way through, I have a feeling the author started to consume illegal drugs, prescription pills and sniff glue all at the same time. Here are the not so bright highlights.

"Dead Lifts: If you are looking for 1 exercise with the highest likelihood of producing a back injury, then this is it. For example, people with osteoporosis can injure their back by simply bending over to pick up a pencil. Imagine what kind of pressures are being exerted within your lower spine when you bend over at the waist and try to lift a barbell."

Note to Author: Are you serious?? A deadlifting pattern is one of the most important patterns someone (especially with back pain) could learn!! And you don't bend over at your waist, you hinge at your hips. It's hip movement, not spine movement. If you actually read McGill's work, "Spare the Spine" would ring a bell.

"Weight-machines: Use a light weight and do a high number of repetitions. Pick a weight where you can do at least 20 reps. Your goal is to develop your core muscles by increasing muscular endurance."

Note to Author: Weight machines?? Light weight?? Everyone already knows my opinion on machines.......they are crap. But can someone please explain what light weight means? And how do you develop your core muscles on a machine?? Seriously, did you really read McGill's books?

"Pilates: Pilates is an excellent method to develop "core" strength (eg., the muscles of the torso)."

Note to Author: Repetitive flexion is the mechanism of disc herniation. Pg. 68-70 in Stuart McGill's book, Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance.

I don't have anything else to say :)