Tuesday, May 24, 2011
You can get with this...or you can get with that!
A nationally renowned spine specialist criticized one of my blog posts because I had an athlete doing the exercise in this post: http://joestrainingroom.blogspot.com/2010/05/hips-in-hips-out.html
Described me as, " a strict follower of Gary Gray who goes overboard especially when he gets his hands on a med ball &s; working the spine in full flexion under load."
First of all, while it is true I have been heavily influenced by G2 & Dave Tiberio, I'm also influenced by Vern Gambetta, Warren Hammer and others. But I would hate to think anyone thinks of me a wannabe clone. I'm not even sure what qualifies that as "A Gary Gray exercise". And are we not supposed to do capoeira (pictured) because the spine is in full flexion under load? Or is that OK because they are upside down, or not holding a medicine ball? I understand the theory about soft tissue creep, the stress on the intervertebral disks etc. But Stuart McGill himself, in his book (Low Back Disorders p.105) described a vertebral subluxation (documented under fluoroscope) occurring while a guy was doing a deadlift- with his spine in good posture; not even close to end range!
Fortunately for me, another one of my influences is the great orthopedist Dr. Stephen Levin (on the right of this page is a link to his website). Here is his take on this topic:
"Never believe a ''spine specialist', particularly if they are surgeons. If this 'specialist' is a surgeon, he does more harm in one day than you will have done in your lifetime. It is nonsense to consider the spine as 'weak' or 'strong' based on posture. A person instantly knows when their posture is appropriate for a task at the moment they begin to institute the task. Think of lifting a box of an unknown weight. Weightlifters start a 'clean and jerk' from a crouch because it is the strongest position. As soon as there is an attempt to lift, the body recognizes the load, and the posture adjusts. Weightlifters start a 'clean and jerk' from a crouch because it is the strongest position. Nowadays, I rarely think of any muscle, or muscle group performing a particular task. I think in closed chain activities, with all muscle involved, all the time. It is impossible to contract only one muscle, you must always involve all muscles".
You can get with that- but Se baila así, se goza más.