Posts Tagged ‘Stuart McGill’

Measure your height first thing in the morning

December 26, 2017

A little known fact is that we are all actually taller first thing in the morning than we are before we go to bed at night. This comes down to our discs. The discs in between each of our vertebrae are packed with very concentrated protein chains that love water. In scientific terms, this means they are “hydrophilic.” When we lie horizontally, the discs fill with fluid and gently push the vertebrae away from one another, lengthening the spine. The reason our backs are often stiff in the morning is that the discs are so full of fluid, like water balloons ready to burst. When we get up in the morning and our spines are once again vertical, the excess fluid in each disc begins to seep out and an hour or two after rising from bed we have returned to our normal heights. This natural ebb and flow is healthy and is what allows the discs to obtain nutrition.

The Back Mechanic, by Stuart McGill, Ph.D.

The masters of strength train both mind and body

December 23, 2017

The brain is the most critical part of the body when it comes to strength. What we perceive as strength, or powerful muscle activation, actually begins with a thought, or neural trigger, that produces a volley of nerve impulses in the brain that travel to the muscle. The denser the thought, the denser the neural drive or activation to the muscle.

The masters of strength train these elements and harness their brain power to attain new heights in the weight room. The weaker athletes strictly train muscle.

— Stuart McGill, Ph.D.