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Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance [Paperback]

by Stuart McGill
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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April 2004 0973501804 978-0973501803 3
Get the latest scientific evidence on back exercise - what helps and what hurts, and why, from a world renowned authority. Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance provides professionals with the evidence base to design and prescribe the best exercise programs for the back. A complete description of a 5-stage program is provided. Many examples illustrate each stage within a bad back rehabilitation program together with a performance enhancement program 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 demand 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.


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About the Author

Professor McGill's unique approach is based upon years of scientific research into back function of injured people through elite athletes. His expertise is sought by governments, corporations, professional sports teams and athletes.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Stuart McGill, PhD; 3 edition (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973501804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973501803
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Prof. Stuart McGill is a professor in the Dep't of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He is the director of its Spine Biomechanics Laboratory.
His famous textbook, "Low Back Disorders", examines back injuries in the light of biomechanics' scientific knowledge, and prescribes exercises and tests for the rehabilitation of injured backs and the prevention of future injuries.
Only in the very last chapter 13 does he consider "Advanced Exercises", those for high-load workers and top performers in sports and athletic competitions, who already have established a solid base of fitness and overall strength.
This new book, "Ultimate Back Fitness & Performance", picks up from there, amplifying the last chapter of the textbook, and is a training manual dedicated to preserving back fitness in high-level physical performance.

In our modern Western lifestyle afflicted with a total lack of demanding physical activity, constant sitting and overeating, strength seems to have become somewhat less useful than in the pre-industrial age. In the new context of our national obsession with heart disease, running and aerobic activity have become the dominant trend in popular fitness, and they are unarguably vital for cardiovascular health.
But they should not obliterate a concern for musculoskeletal fitness, which is essential in all tasks of everyday's life and sports involving lifting, pulling, pushing, throwing and even hitting. Musculoskeletal fitness calls for a more technical and demanding kind of training, where a thorough knowledge of the biomechanics of the back is necessary.

It is amazing how quickly "Ultimate" has become a voguish term in recent fitness literature and on the Internet. You'll find it used and overused all over the place.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
MAKE NO MISTAKE - DO GET THE 4TH ED. (2009) INSTEAD,
EVEN BETTER, GET THE 5TH EDITION (2014), READ MY COMMENT/ALERT ABOUT IT.

The posting for the 4th edition can be found under the title "Ultimate Back Fitness & Performance", typing "&" and not "and". Bizarrely, is is not listed in the "Books" Department, but in "All Departments".
Tempted buyers should make sure to get the 4th edition, and not fall victims of the scalpers who use the Amazon market place to extort exorbitant prices for the now obsolete third edition.

Prof. Stuart McGill is a professor in the Dep't of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He is the director of its Spine Biomechanics Laboratory.
His famous textbook, "Low Back Disorders", examines back injuries in the light of biomechanics' scientific knowledge, and prescribes exercises and tests for the rehabilitation of injured backs and the prevention of future injuries.
Only in the very last chapter 13 does he consider "Advanced Exercises", those for high-performance workers and athletes, putting the accent on back exercises to be practiced only by athletes who already have established a solid base of fitness and overall strength.
This new book, "Ultimate Back Fitness & Performance", picks up from there, amplifying the content of the last chapter of the previous textbook, and gearing the book primarily to top performers in sports and athletic competitions.

Aerobic activity has become the dominant trend in popular fitness, and it is unarguably of paramount value for cardiovascular health.
But it should not obliterate a concern for musculoskeletal fitness, which is essential in all tasks of everyday's life and sports involving lifting, pulling, pushing, throwing and even hitting.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FOR TRAINERS/PRACTITIONERS March 31, 2012
Format:Paperback
Thoroughly researched and logically argued, this book details why and how our sedentary way of life and movement (or lack thereof), threatens our health and well-being by ignoring our physical core. Very detailed and seemingly for those more interested in the theory and practice of physical training, therapy, or medicine. I purchased on recommendation, thinking it was a book with both the theory and a set of exercises a layperson could adapt for everyday exercise. Very few exercises and the description/illustration of these is not helpful in adapting for home use. Finished the book in near fear that any movement would be harmful to me, as opposed to a clear sense of what exercises to do to strengthen the core and facilitate health. The value of the book is dependent upon what you want from it: a layperson's set of exercise with reasoning, or a book on reasoning with few exercises. I expected the former so was disappointed. Yet if I were a practitioner, I would see great value in its content.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars back injury avoidance and performance training January 28, 2009
Format:Paperback
Over the years several exercises for back strength and flexibility have been promoted to rehabilitate injured backs or to improve athletic performance. McGill's work has shown that many of these exercises will actually injure backs or decrease performance. As examples he shows that the leg press machine found in most gyms puts the back at risk. The seated trunk twisting machine found in many gyms is a potential disc wrecker as well as training athletically counterproductive movement patterns. Olympic weigthlifting movements currently promoted as part of functional training are discouraged at least without the qualifying the athlete under a certified Olympic lifting coach. A hallmark of McGill's work is his emphasis on endurance of back muscles and on trunk stability.
Several exercises are illustrated and described although I think the presentation could have been better. Given the large number of weight training books that have really bad advice this might be a worthwhile purchase to possibly prevent injury and maybe encourage some the use of some exercises to enhance back health and athletic performance. The price is not cheap -- about $[..]. To order see McGill's website [...] Payment is by PayPal or calling the publisher. Given the price I do not see many casual athletes buying it. For personal trainers. coaches, and authors of fitness books, etc. I think it should be required reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
The good seems like it would be good for trainers and therapists alike but for a normal Joe like myself it wasn't much help. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Danny Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars GET THE NEWER EDITION , But Professor McGill is the best of the best!
THIS IS THE THIRD EDITION, GET THE FOURTH AND NEWEST EDITION. YOU CAN GET IT ON AMAZON.COM (ACTUALLY NOT UNDER BOOKS CATEGORY ODDLY ENOUGH), OR BACKFITPRO. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Noah Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and very helpful
Great source of infomation on how to change from being near crippled to being strong and agile, absolutely love this book!!!
Published 8 months ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars MCGill is the top researcher on the spine.
This should be a must read for all physical therapists. His two books have more supported spine outcomes and functional information than most of the others put together! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dogbonez
1.0 out of 5 stars add super_ultimate didactical pictures for a good book
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a book that gives advice for staying backhealthy and to reverse back problems must explain how to do exactly that. Read more
Published 15 months ago by salzStart
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best from the King of Low Back
It's a pretty long book that could be made much shorter. McGill just repeats the same stuff and talks about irrelevant things when it comes to spine health. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Risto
5.0 out of 5 stars MOST AUTHORATATIVE WORK IN THE FIELD
The author Stuart McGill, PhD has written the most authoritative books on Low Back Disorders and Low Back injury prevention and rehabilitation. Read more
Published on December 15, 2011 by gc
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, horrible seller.
One of the notes in the preface indicates that the book is self-published "to save you money". Yeah, right, $100 for a paperback is saving me money. Read more
Published on August 11, 2010 by Matt R. Gimlin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible
This book revolutionized the way I train both myself and my clients. The scientific explanations, tests, and justification for the theories proposed in this book truly capture the... Read more
Published on April 20, 2010 by Luke Sniewski, CPA, CES, PES
5.0 out of 5 stars Building on Exercises for Everyone.... revised 8/29/2010
Building on exercises every back sufferer needs, Ultimate Back... then goes on to clearly illustrate the progression of exercises that athletes need for their particular... Read more
Published on July 6, 2009 by William H. Dewitt
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