Joel Proskewitz is a sought after presenter and speaker, presenting both locally in the UK and also abroad. He presents both his own material and is also one of the lead instructors for the McGill clinical and trainer's courses. His current schedule is:

  • McGill Trainer’s Weekend - Cardiff, Wales - 5 & 6 October 2019 - register here

  • McGill Trainer’s Weekend - Sao Paulo, Brazil - 19 & 20 October 2019 - register here

  • McGill Back Mechanic - Eindhoven, Netherlands - 2 November 2019 - register here

  • McGill Conference - Edmonton, Canada - 14 - 17 November 2019 - register here

  • McGill Trainer’s Weekend - Taipei, Taiwan - 7 & 8 December 2019 - register here

  • McGill Conference - Melbourne, Australia - 30 Jan - 2 Feb 2020 - register here

  • McGill Conference - Sydney, Australia - 6 - 9 February 2020 - register here

  • McGill Trainer’s Weekend - Prague, Czech Republic - 29 Feb & 1 March 2020 - register here

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McGill Back Mechanic

A day of learning, where we will show you how to assess your client’s low back pain, remove the triggers and then progress them back into training, creating low back and whole body resilience.


The Back Mechanic course is for trainers, clinicians and performance specialists who deal with clients with back pain. Both lectures and workshops provide delegates with background information on the mechanisms that cause back pain and how these can be assessed and addressed with movement and exercise programming that adhere to the principles of Professor McGill. This process creates clients who are then liberated to begin training. Then specific principles are workshopped to create pain-free and injury resilient movement/motor patterns, that enables the trainer and clinician to move on to more typical programming.

During the course, they will systematically work through the self-assessment tests to source the client’s pain triggers and then work towards the next step of removing the cause and gaining competency in spine hygiene and movement tools. The final step will be putting everything together and building the foundation for a pain-free and resilient back.

Participants will leave at the end of the day with a greater understanding of common low back problems and how to clearly navigate your way around them, or refer to a medical professional, if required.

  • 8.15am Registration

  • 9am Start time

  • 9am - 9.30am Introduction

  • 9.30am - 11am Self-Assessment (find the pain)

  • 11am - 11.15 Break

  • 11.15am - 1pm Removing the cause: Spine Hygiene 90mins (Pain avoidance – build resilience)

  • 1pm - 2pm Lunch

  • 2pm - 3.30pm Building the foundation for a pain-free and resilient Back (how to begin rehab)

  • 3.30 - 5.30 Tuning the machine - performance enhancement

  • 5.30 - 6.00pm Conclusion, Recap, Q and A

Testimonials from previous courses:

“I liked how Joel presented all of the information, the set up with half theory half practical and everything was relevant. The whole weekend was an incredible learning experience”

He is a very gifted instructor! In 20 years of taking classes I found him to be one of the best instructors I have ever learned from. “

“I thought Joel was fantastic. He had a great ability to teach the information in a way that made it easy to understand.”


The course organisers reserve the right to make any and all changes to the course, including but not limited to fees, dates and venue for the course. In the event that the course is cancelled or re-scheduled by the course organiser, a full refund of fees will be given, but the organiser takes no responsibility for travel or accommodation expenses incurred by the delegate. If for any reason you are unable to attend the course, a full refund will be given, less a £50 administration charge, for all cancellations at least 21 days before the event. 

Cancellations received less than 21 days prior to the seminar date will unfortunately not receive a refund, however you may transfer the course to another person.