"The STRONGBACK chair does not make my back sore.  This chair makes the proper posture possible in a camp chair style." Gelder Lewis 


"With their new Low Gravity Beach Chair, STRONGBACK kicks it down a notch, but in a good way. Because sometimes you just want to chill around the campfire, or with your feet in the sand, and don’t need to be up off the ground all that much. So they took all the comfort of their other chairs, and made what just might be the best beach chair out there..."

Read more of the STRONGBACK Low Gravity Beach Chair review in


Today, sitting at my desk for a while working on the computer I got really uncomfortable. It was after getting up and moving around for the 3rd time that I clicked. Why not using the camping chair? I have a STRONGBACK Elite chair, it was folded up, leaning on the wall, looking kind of bored. Why not? I mean, yes, it is a camping chair but so what? Now, that I am actually sitting on it, working on the computer tipping away I am seriously doubting why I didn’t consider this earlier. Well better late than never!
This little happy moment made me think about the other STRONGBACK chairs that are on the market, like the beach chair. For sure, you can use it to read a book on the beach without getting silly sand everywhere and without the problem of having back issues. But what other activities could be more comfortable in the beach chair? Have you ever used it for something unconventional? Like maybe watching your toddler playing in the garden? Or maybe drinking a Margarita poolside while dangling your feet in the cool water? Let us know and share with the Strongback community!


We continue to receive great feedback from people who drive recreational vehicles and how the STRONGBACK Chair has helped their backs. We’d like to further help our RV’ers by sharing a few tips on keeping a healthy back when spending time behind the wheel.

 Driving seems a simple task, without consequences for our health, but bad habits and excessive handling time, can cause serious injuries and illnesses that affect our health and influence road safety. In several studies, the main driver’s diseases are related to poor movement and sustained postures. The most common is related with back pain.

When you drive a car or RV, the body is subjected to various forces, such as accelerations, decelerations, vibrations and lateral forces. Additionally, you cannot stabilize the lower body by the use of pedals. All these factors combined with a poor car seat can cause back problems.

 To avoid the problems you can do the following:



  • When you sit in the car, take your time to feel comfortable, and adjust your seat.
  • Find a lumbar support, you can use a towel or pillow or cushion that allows you to adjust the depth and height. (Note, this will not work for sagging camp chairs.)
  • Look for support for your neck.
  • Do not sit on your wallet or mobile phone as that can destabilize your spine.
  • Change position slightly every 15 or 20 min.
  • Take breaks, stop the vehicle and get out. Driving can be a long task, so you should take a break that allows you to move and stretch.
  • If you do feel back pain after an activity such as a long driving time, get horizontal and apply ice. Applying ice can decrease the amount of inflammation and pain later.
  • Finally, when relaxing, sit in a chair that provides great lumbar support, like the STRONGBACK camp chair.

Watch the Video below to hear what RV celebrity Chuck Woodbury has to say about the STRONGBACK Chair.

The inventor of the Strongback Chair, our very own Ladd Lougee will be a guest on HomeTalk w/ Michael king – a nationally syndicated radio program and webcast. Ladd will be discussing the unique Strongback solution to posture support and comfort in portable chairs.

Ladd will discuss the history of the Strongback brand and the distinct advantages that these chairs have over traditional camping chairs. and why most of our customers won't ever sit in another conventional portable chair.

Who is the Cajun Contractor?

HomeTalk was co-created and is hosted by Michael King, an experienced, state-licensed general contractor. HomeTalk first aired in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 24, 2004 by news/talk radio station WSMB 1350a.m. HomeTalk discusses many topics and issues concerning home improvements, introduces the consumer to new and innovative products, provides access to industry experts, protects homeowners from consumer fraud, holds the home improvement industry accountable for its business practices, and advocates for a fair and mutual relationship between the consumer and the contractor.

· Michael King is THE most influential person in home improvement media. Source: OrbitzMediaRating
· Michael King was ranked 49th as the most influential personality on radio. Source: OrbitzMediaRating
· Michael King wins the coveted “2011 Radio Talk Show Host of the Year” by the National Radio Association.
· Michael King is the 3rd most recognizable name in the home improvement industry. Source: Apollo Media
· HomeTalk w/ Michael King is the 3rd highest rated self-help show on weekend programming. Source: WebTalk Radio Info
· is currently ranked in the top 0.4% of websites. Source: ALEXA


You can catch your interview live at at 10:15 a.m. central time on Saturday June 29th, 2013. Just click at the top left where it says, “Listen Live”.

 Have back problems? Lower back pain? Most lower back problems arise because of sitting too long with an incorrect posture. And most chairs today do not support your lower back properly, so it is hard to sit in front of a desk all day, and keep correct posture.

Strongback chairs are some of the finest chairs that support your lower back while you sit. Use it for camping, hunting, barbeque parties, or even at home or office. Whenever you sit for extended periods of time, you definitely need a chair with lumbar support.

To learn about our products and their features, see our home page.

When you travel, although you are sitting for a great deal of time, you are also moving; you are getting in and out of your seat, into the taxi, on the plane, lifting bags etc. Some movements are easy on your back, others, if done the wrong way, can be a killer. Below I'll discuss a few basic principles of movement to keep a healthy back, that can be used during all parts of your life, not just traveling.

First, lets talk about a type of movement that we all know can be bad for your back - lifting stuff. We have all heard "lift with your legs" or "keep your back straight when you lift things" but what does this really mean? Does it mean you need to keep your back perpendicular to the ground like a tree when lifting something off the floor? No. It simply means do not hunch your spine when lifting. I will use the term straight spine to mean keeping your spine in a non-hunched position, in a straight line from the tip of your head to your tail bone. In the image below this is how you should lift stuff (you can pretend those dumbbells are suitcases…but, unlike below, you should probably where clothes while traveling…although airport security might appreciate the naked gesture because you make their job a little easier). His spine is in a straight and natural position - it is not perpendicular to the floor which can feel awkward, it is about 45 degrees to the floor when he is lifting stuff from the floor but in a straight line from his head to tailbone. This is the strongest position for your spine - when lifting stuff do not slump, hunch, or bend your spine - it is unnecessary and you can hurt yourself. 


GOOD lifting and carrying positions:

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Straight back, perpendicular to the floor


Straight back, about a 45 degree angle to the floor before rising to a perpendicular position.



BAD lifting position:


Curved spine and under weight - Ouch!





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If you still are not sure how to lift, rest assured, you already know how to do this because you learned it as a toddler. It is basically your jumping position - if you bend your legs a bit and prepare to jump straight up in the air, as high as you can, you will find you are in the above position; your back is straight (not perpendicular), your knees are bent, and your weight is centered over the center of your feet. You are in the strongest position for your body to jump (or lift stuff) as high as possible. Try it out and see - it is a very easy way to remember how to lift properly. 

Other movements: 

In general, with all movements, keeping a spine straight (again, straight does not necessarily mean perpendicular to the ground) and untwisted is the strongest position your back can be in. When getting up out of a chair, out of bed, carrying something, walking, or even playing sports, a straight spine will add strength, ease of movement, and help prevent injury. Even if you have a bad back you can still play sports if your movements are practiced enough to keep a straight spine. For example, in basketball you need move left and right, or pivot on defense - do this by moving your feet and you do not need to twist your spine. Practice keeping a straight spine in all of your movements and it will become second nature so you will no longer have to think about it. 

Does this mean you should never bend or twist your spine? No. Regular and controlled flexing or twisting of the spine for short periods of time can help keep your spine nice and supple and is good for you when done properly (for example see the child pose stretch I mention in Part 2 of this blog series). However, I recommend working personally with a well educated trainer for any exercises involving these actions. If you are ever unsure if a movement is bad for your spine, the safe route is to keep that spine straight. 

Here I am lifting almost 600 pounds over my head. You better believe I am not bending my spine! My straight spine starts at about 45 degrees to get the weight off the ground and then I keep it straight as I rise to perpendicular to the ground - if I were to bend my spine here my comparatively weaker back muscles and discs would collapse!

(OK, this is not really me -  but he does have good lifting technique, however I have a Strongback Chair.)

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