| | Ep 492 – Spine Rounding, Jefferson Curls, and Back Pain Programming

Author / John

48 Min Listen

In this episode the Crew dials the voicemail to answer a question from a loyal Power Athlete Radio listener:

Hey Crew, Chris here. Long time listener, second time caller. I got a bit of a technical spinal health movement a question for you guys. You have had Stu McGill on the podcast and you guys are big fans of his. He’s a real smart guy. He talks a lot about having a very rigid spine. My question is do you also hear claims from different people? You know people like Chris Sommers or the knees over toes guy talking about Jefferson curls and allowing the spine to round forward, then we also see exercises like the teapot in a lot of the Power Athlete programs where we’re rounding the spine. I guess my question is, how do you I guys justify the spine rounding versus not rounding the spine. Anyways, that’s my question.

The spine is the lifeline.

What do Stu McGill, Mike Boyle, Chris Sommers, the Knees Over Toes guy, and Greg Glassman have in common? Nothing, but somehow we managed to name drop them all in this episode as we aimed to demystify the Jefferson Curl exercise.

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The Power Athlete Crew takes a question from a perplexed caller wondering who to believe when it comes to rounding the spine during weight lifting. The importance of spine rigidity from one leading expert contradicts the emphasis of mobility from another. Having the spine locked in place for a barbell lift makes sense, but what about when the lift is purposely trying to round the spine?! So much conflicting information in the fitness realm! Listen in as John shows some backbone starting his own Fight Club and Tex sends chills down your spine coaching up the Jefferson Curl.

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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