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

Author / Christopher McQuilkin

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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Christopher McQuilkin

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Former collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder, 4-year letter winner and 3-year team captain. Coached strength and conditioning collegiately with Georgetown University football, Men's and Women's lacrosse and Women's Crew, as well with the University of Texas at Austin's football program. Apprenticed under Raphael Ruiz of 1-FortyFour-1 studying proper implementation of science based, performance driven training systems. Head coached CrossFit Dupont's program for two years in Washington D.C. Received a Master's in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in 2010, and has been a coach for Power Athlete since October, 2012.


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