Hello Brian,
A couple months ago, I picked up copies of the Gift of Injury as well as Back Mechanic–both great reads and very helpful. I’ve since implemented the core strengthening protocol on a daily basis, but I had a question regarding volume of the McGill Big 3.

In the Gift of Injury, several volume recommendations are made (6-4-2, 4-3-2, and I believe even 3-2-1 if I recall correctly). I’ve been using the 6-4-2 scheme since starting, but it sounds like Dr. McGill had you on a lower volume progression. Was this ever increased during your rehab, or was it ever reduced to more of a maintenance volume after you started to feel better and begin training heavy again? I don’t recall this being mentioned in the book, and now that I’m beginning to incorporate squats and deadlifts again, I’m not sure if I should be adjusting volume or not. I typically do 6-4-2 both on off-days as well as prior to lifting on training days.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and provide some insight!


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