ON SALE – McGill’s Books: Back Mechanic, Ultimate Back and where the 10/20/Life warmup comes from!

By: Brian Carroll



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Update: Now live on PowerRackStrength- two of the best back health guides available; written by Dr. Stuart McGill. Read how countless people, from the regular Joe to high level athlete, have rehabbed from serious injury, improved athletic performance, or simply alleviated their day to day back pain. Dr. McGill outlines his process from start to finish, allowing to live pain free and get back to physical activity. Read below for a quick taste of what Brian has learned from Dr. McGill. 

As I cover at GREAT length in 10/20/Life, a proper warm-up is essential to making the most of your training session, staying injury free and much more. As you know, I have a four part warm-up system that is spelled out for you in the book 10/20/Life, that is custom to your needs, comprehensive, and will not take 45min of your limited time.

Here, I’m going to cover what I think COULD BE the most important part of your warm-up. In other words: if you were to pick ONLY one part or “thing” for your warm-up, the movements below would be PROBABLY be what I would suggest.

10/20/Life warm-up using Dr. Mcgill’s “BIG 3”

DR. MCGILL’S “BIG 3”: These have been shown to increase torso stiffness for both the short (3-4 hours) and long (cumulative) term. This means that once you commit to doing them, the stiffness stays with you for days to come. This is extremely important for the power athlete. Do these every day, especially if you’re experiencing back pain or weakness. These are your best friends, and you can use them for both warming up and therapy/recovery. I wish I’d started doing them years ago.

BIRD DOGS: Push the earth away from your body with your spine in a neutral position, while pushing your heel back as hard as you can. Extend your right arm and left leg, and contract as hard as you can. Do this for the required number of sets, then switch, only hinging at the arm and leg. This is great for back pain and for stiffening your torso.

MCGILL CRUNCH: Raise your head only slightly to engage your abs. Tuck your chin slightly and focus on core tightness. One leg is straight, and the other is bent. Hold for ten seconds each time for the required number of sets.

ROLLING PLANK: Roll to a side plank/bridge while keeping your spine and ribcage as one, with no separation. You can also roll to a side plank and hold it.


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Brian Carroll

Brian is a world-class powerlifter with over two decades of elite and pro-level powerlifting under his belt. Coming back from a devastating back injury in 2012 that broke multiple bones and that most experts said he would never recover from, he has returned to the pinnacle of world-class lifting (while 100% pain and symptom-free) and is now dedicated to helping others avoid the same mistakes that he made in the past through private and group coaching in Jacksonville, FL. Brian’s impressive recovery has given him the opportunity to teach and deliver talks to physical therapists, chiropractors, medical doctors, professional strength & conditioning coaches and experts from all facets of sport, on how to avoid injury, while building anti-fragile strength and resilience in athletes.

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