LATEST RESEARCH: “Train the Core the Right Way” With Dr. Stuart Mc Gill
Our culture seems to be obsessed with Abdominals! Many cultures around the world train their core differently. For example, how strong and functional is the “brick thrower’s” core (top) and the “pole gymnast” (right)? I wonder how many crunches these guys do? I wonder if the great powerlifter, Alexiev ever pondered “pulling in” his belly button or “hollowing”? Try doing the “brick Routine and Pole moves” without bracing your core to stabilize the spine: I’d venture to say, “don’t think it is possible!”
Training abdominals for core strength and function is consistently a controversial “hot topic” in the industry. There are so many different experts with conflicting advice and even the research can be contradictory. It is even hard for those in the Health and Fitness and Sports Medicine industries to filter through it and stay up to date on the ever emerging new data/ research/ and techniques.
Even more frustrating are the infomercials, ab-gadgets, talk show host’s secrets to “6 pack-abs.”
Dr. Stuart Mc Gill and Lee Brandon, CSCS
Lee laughing states, “I’m tired of it, the late night lies and widgets that don’t deliver what’s promised. I am sure that I am not the only one that believes that we (the general public) are all ready for the research based core truths. But, of course, we all know the truth has never been popular.” Hopefully by the end of this blog you will have additional insights on what delivers “spine sparing results and form” when it comes to designing your own core training routine.
Function of the Core
|1. You can hire a credentialed exercise Specialist to use their hands for feedback…|
|2. Or, you can use your own hands as feedback to ensure the
correct neutral zones are maintained and the correct muscles are being used…”Training not Straining!”
|4. AB-Inforcer works by providing precision feedback under the lower back and head, instead of using the hands (as seen above).
2 high precision Sensors (in red above) are built into a lumbar cushion that provides support and feedback to you
by Lighting up LED bars independently in the hand piece
if your correct muscles are working.
MC GILL’S BIG 3: Video
This program will lay the foundation for a strong and stable spine. Remember, the primary goal of our torso musculature is to stabilize the entire core/spine and produce various torso movements in activity and sport.
Give it a shot and you will be on track to improving posture, torso strength and health. Good luck!
Lee Brandon, CSCS, 2 Time Women’s World Long Drive Champion, was flown to the University of Waterloo, near Toronto Canada, by Dr. McGill and Team, to be tested and evaluated. Dr. McGill stated, “Any one (irrespective of gender) who can duplicate swing speeds in excess of 120+ mph over the age of 40 is either a genetic mutant or has stumbled on a secret to sparing the spine,” and we want to document it!”
What Dr. Mc Gill’s research found was insightful, duplicatable, and repeatable. Keep your eye out over the next few months as segments of this research are disclosed.
|Lee said: “This experience was very enlightening,
and this opportunity to be involved with this level
of scientific research was very exciting!”
|The team of Doctors and Researchers under the direction of Dr. Stuart McGill above at the University of Waterloo, Canada.|
|AB-Inforcer Core Biofeedback System being evaluated and tested at the Spine Biomechanics Lab.|
“A great cost effective Therapeutic training tool that teaches bracing.” Ethan Ezaki, DPT, Physiotherpy Associates, Clinic director
“The AB-Inforcer is a time saving tool which adds three powerful values in one machine to any facility: Functional core training with feedback, functional assessment for reliable testing inter-practitioner, and great range of motion training in neutral spine postures.” Dr. Donald Chu, Ph.D., ATC, PT, CSCS, NSCA-Pt
Core Exercise Machine
- Innovative design incorporates 3 torso devices in one: bi-lateral core trainer, postural trainer, and relaxing massager.
- Multi-patented, 3-sensor system transmits signals to the user to promote better training form and increased postural awareness to maximize training results and improve posture.
- Neck and lumbar cushions have built-in interactive biofeedback technology to increase abdominal and core muscle activation, while their ergonomic design helps reduce the risk of neck and spine strain while exercising.
- Versatile and portable design allows the AB-Inforcer® to be used on any stable surface including the floor, Physical Therapy table, Shuttle®, Total Gym®, or horizontal wall and attaches firmly to most standard flat or incline benches.
- To sculpt his body for Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. endured rigorous workouts at the hands of trainer Brad Bose. One of Bose’s favorite toning tools for his celebrity clients? The AB-Inforcer, a device that gets your spine in a neutral mode to work your core muscles properly and uses sensory feedback to alert you when you’re out of alignment. “It teaches the difference between using your abs and using your hip flexors,” says Bose, “which are usually the root of a lot of postural problems.” Tighter abs and better posture? Sign us up! – Maureen Harrington (PEOPLE MAGAZINE, May 23rd 2008)