Strengthen your core, spare your low back

Strengthening core muscles can improve balance and stability and are an important part of fitness routines that have “real-world benefits“. Doing this strengthening in a way that spares the low back has been promoted by Stuart McGill, Ph.D., Director of the Spine Biomechanics Laboratory at University of Waterloo. He recently appeared in a New York Times Magazine video demonstrating three exercises that strengthen core muscles while sparing the lower back. CHP network provider, Dr. Phillip Snell, expands on the “stirring the pot” exercise in his video series “Fix Your Own Back”.