Knees over Toes Guy Method for Back Rehab: My thoughts

The knee-over-toe guy is trendy right now. You’ve probably heard of him. You may have tried some of his knee protocols, which might help some people. But, with backs, the problem is this: each injury is unique, and you must treat every injury with its unique pain generators. Therefore, there is no one size fits all approach to back pain.

My biggest ‘gripe,’ if you will, is while on the Mark Bell podcast where Ben “feels that we don’t know very much about the back and how to train it.” To this quote, I really don’t know what to say other than I disagree and that he should read a book or two on the back. I’ll even send him one.

But to summarize: Every exercise MUST have a specific purpose. Every exercise is a tool; there are no inherently wrong exercises, just lousy application/timing. For example, the Jefferson curl might help some in certain situations, but blindly telling people to do the Jefferson curl without knowing anything about their back injury is STUPID.

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Brian is a retired world-class powerlifter with over two decades of world-class powerlifting. From 1999 to 2020, Brian Carroll was a competitive powerlifter, one of the most accomplished lifters in the sport's history. Brian started off competing in bench press competitions 'raw,' then, shortly into the journey, he gravitated toward equipped lifting as there were no "raw" categories then. You only had to choose from single-ply (USPF) and Multi-ply (APF/WPC). Brian went on to total 2730 at 275 and 2651 at 242 with more than ten times his body weight in three different classes (220, 242, 275), and both bench pressed and deadlifted over 800 pounds in two other weight classes. He's totaled 2600 over 20 times in 2 different weight classes in his career. With 60 squats of 1000lbs or more officially, this is the most in powerlifting history, regardless of weight class or federation, by anyone not named David Hoff. Brian realized many ups and downs during his 20+ years competing. After ten years of high-level powerlifting competition and an all-time World Record squat at 220 with 1030, in 2009, Brian was competing for a Police academy scholarship. On a hot and humid July morning, Brian, hurdling over a barricade at 275lbs, landed on, fell, and hurt his back. After years of back pain and failed therapy, Brian met with world-renowned back specialist Prof McGill in 2013, which changed his trajectory more than he could have imagined. In 2017, Brian Carroll and Prof McGill authored the best-selling book about Brian's triumphant comeback to powerlifting in Gift of Injury. Most recently (10.3.20) -Brian set the highest squat of all time (regardless of weight class) with 1306 lbs – being the first man to break the 1300lb squat barrier at a bodyweight of 303 lbs.
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