McGill Method Certified
Back Pain Practitioner


Lisa Brown is the first Personal Trainer in Australasia to become certified in the McGill method. Lisa met Professor McGill in Sydney, February 2020 whilst attending his seminars: Foundation for the pain free back, Assessment: Converging on a precise diagnosis and High performance training.

Lisa was singled out by Professor McGill (see picture above). Have a listen to what he had to say about that meeting, his thoughts about Lisa and why you should work with her:

The innervate approach

We follow McGill’s science-based approach for dealing with back pain. Stuart McGill is widely regarded as the World’s leading expert in this field. Our aim is to identify and understand the reasons for your back pain and assist you to become pain-free.


Includes a comprehensive interview to understand the history of your back pain. This is followed by a series of physical tests. These tests allow us to determine movements, postures & loads which trigger pain and those which relieve it. Muscular weaknesses, anatomical anomalies and neural tensions are assessed in order to identify the precise cause of your pain and illuminate your road to recovery.


Following the identification of pain triggers, you will learn new movement patterns that allow traumatised tissues to rest & recover. Once we have removed the cause of pain, we carefully design an exercise plan that aims to build a strong, resilient back.


Achievement of successful rehabilitation looks different for everyone; it might be a return to elite exercise or simply being able to live without pain. With consistency and dedication, your exercise program can deliver these objectives.

Take an active role in your healing

Treating the symptoms of your pain keep you at the mercy of the cause of your back-pain. Take control of your body by understanding and addressing the cause of the pain.

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  • In 2021, I worsened a lower back issue that eventually led to me requiring surgery. I underwent a microdiscectomy for a sequestered disc. I began a slow recovery but became concerned when some of my symptoms returned. These included further lower back pain, issues with sitting, nerve pain down my right leg and poor mobility. I began searching for a trainer who could get me strong again, get me working safely in a gym as well as guide me through the stages of recovery. I also needed a deeper level of understanding as to what was actually going on with my back. My surgeon and physios didn’t quite prepare me for life post-surgery. Lisa has delivered these things to me and so much more. The initial assessment was far more thorough than any I had previously. I appreciated the attention to detail and the care and precision of the assessment. Everyone’s back is different and there is no one size fits all approach to injury and so we were able to create a personalised and very specific plan of attack which made me feel very safe and confident. I began working with Lisa on a weekly basis and she was able to tailor the workouts for me so that we kept things safe but also made progress. I am slowly building up to being self-sufficient and now have developed a more well-rounded approach to training that I will use forever. In addition to this I have admired Lisa’s passion, commitment, openness and sense of humour.

    - Stefan

  • I have been training with Lisa for 6 months. I came to her by sheer luck and what a gift it has been in finding her. I was recommended to her by a health practitioner in Bryon Bay when visiting there last year. I have lower back pain caused by a disc bulge. The health practitioner advised me that this can be treated through a training method called The McGill Method. He referred me to Lisa, as she is a certified and respected McGill trainer based in Coogee in Sydney. When I first started, she advised and demonstrated how to move and exercise around my back pain and results were instant. I moved with little to no pain. I am now a regular at her gym and attend weekly sessions to maintain and strengthen core muscles which will support my lower back so I don’t have any pain. For anyone with lower back pain and looking for an alternative non-invasive method to treat lower back pain, I highly recommend Lisa and The McGill Method. Lisa will carefully and skilfully guide you to move better pain free. She is also an inspiration, great motivator and delight to train with.

    - Caroline

  • Lisa saved me from my lower back pain! I was seeing a physio for lower back and nerve pain caused by under active glutes while training. The physio unfortunately took the treatment too far an ended up injuring my back even more. I was left bed ridden and couldn’t work for a few days. I called Lisa to ask for her advice and she asked me to come in straight away for an assessment. I crawled into her gym and left finally being able to walk pain free! Lisa really listened to my problem areas and was able to find the cause. She gave me exercises to help with the pain and also to prevent more pain from sitting at work all day. Through my training with Lisa we have now worked on strengthening my core and glutes to prevent any further injuries and I feel stronger than ever. I trust Lisa whole heartedly with my training and wouldn’t be moving as I am without her. I couldn’t recommend her enough!

    - Maddy