Okay to round the lumbar spine under load ?

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    Funny that he cites McGill's research because his research speaks completely to the contrary of the author's viewpoint. The general consensus seems to be that the lumbar spine was made to flex to allow for things like putting on your socks or other tasks that would be extremely difficult without some lumbar spine movement, but when it comes to picking up heavy stuff, it's best to limit lumbar movement as much as possible. Sure your lumbar spine loses a little curvature at the bottom of a goblet squat, and that likely won't be detrimental if it's not too frequent and not bringing the spine to end range flexion, but advocating heavy deadlifts with a rounded spine greatly contradicts current evidence (I'm sorry but just because Sandow did it a hundred+ years ago does not mean it was smart, plus the guy probably didn't sit on his ass with his spine in flexion for 10+ hours every day like most people do these days). Gonna chalk this one up as the author was just trying to stir things up for some extra hits on his website...
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    I thought it was clear from the article that powerlifters and such do not limit lumbar flexion. In fact, from observation, clearly they and other athletes do not. Does everyone have to bow to Dr. Spine ? ;)
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    Flexing the lumbar is fine...until it's not.

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