(NOTE: THIS IS PART 1 OF 2 VIDEOS – SEE PART 2 AS WELL TO HELP YOUR CLIENTS)
Chris Frederick, PT, co-director of the Stretch to Win Institute has been hearing more & more about clients of trainers & therapists having low back pain from spondylolisthesis. Getting many questions from his students about how to manage them, Chris decided to interview Coach André Benoit, owner of the Canadian Center for Strength and Conditioning in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The reason — Coach André was able to eliminate his back pain and perform as an Olympic Luge athlete. Even more incredible, x-rays proved that his spondylolisthesis was almost completely reduced. André shares in this video what he does today to maintain full function without pain including the system of Stretch to Win Fascial Stretch Therapy®. Enjoy his remarkable story and benefit from his advice on how to train clients not only with this medical condition but others with back pain too.
When André Benoit was a member of the 1987 Canadian National Team, he seriously injured his lower back while squatting, adding to the damage to his back that he first incurred at age 12 while falling down steps in his home. At the examination, the doctor who examined him found that the childhood injury had literally broken his back, cracking two of the lower vertebrae. This first back injury had resulted in a 25 degree (forward translation) spondylolisthesis, a condition characterized by the vertebrae not being aligned with each other; in 1987, the added stress of heavy squats proved too much for his body to handle. On top of that, André was also suffering from chronic injury to his shoulder that affected his performance. The doctor recommended that André quit the sport and not risk further damage.
That’s when André met Charles Poliquin.It took Charles one month of structural balance training to fix André’s shoulder, and another month to fix his lower back — and when André was 37 an x-ray showed, remarkably, that the spondylolisthesis had been reduced to less than 5 degrees. Charles also helped him achieve tremendous strength and power.At a bodyweight of just 167 pounds (76 kilos), André power cleaned 238 pounds (108 kilos) and during team testing completed a wide-grip pull-up with 123 pounds attached to his waist. His performance in this exercise, a national team record, and his tremendous “wingspan” from his massively developed lat muscles earned him the nickname “André the Flying Squirrel.”
André Benoit made the 1988 and 1992 Canadian Olympic team in the doubles luge (with Bob Gasper), earning a top ten finish in Calgary. In the 1992 Olympics his luge team broke the Olympic record for the fastest start in his event. André’s been the strength coach for many Canadian national teams, including luge, bobsleigh, alpine skiing and skeleton. He also has trained many professional athletes in the NFL, NHL and CFL. Today André and his wife Susan private clients and groups at their facility, the Canadian Center for Strength and Conditioning in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
(For Chris Frederick go to www.stretchtowin.com)
(For Coach André Benoit go to http://www.ccsccalgary.com)