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Depth of Good Mornings?


#1

How deep should you go with good mornings, I've been trying them for the first time recently. When i try them i try to go down so my torso is horizontal, however i find the bars rolls down by back onto my neck which is quite uncomfortable. This is still bad when i put the bar in the lower bar position i.e. power lifting squat.

I be greatful for any advice


#2

#3

It's not necessarily that you're going down too low, it's that you're letting your chest drop. Pull your elbows under the bar and keep your upper back tight.


#4

As long as your dropping low with a straight back never arch it thats when injuries can occur

Check this out this article and video

www.primalfitness-systems.com/articles/archives/2009/exercises/good_mornings_the_ultimate_exercise.html

It has a lot of useful information regarding the GM and dos and donts. It also talks about using resistance bands. I have been using resistance bands for sometime now, although i still workout with weights, bands have greatly improved weak points and sticking points of my lifts. Also remember and this guy talks about it is to keep a stomach full of air, one of the reasons we see powerlifters where belts is to train themselves to push the stomach out... CIO i think beginners and advance lifters could benefit from this EVERYONE NEEDS A STRONG BACK A STRONG POSTERIOR AND CORE ARE SOME THE MOST IMPORTANT STRENGTHS TO HAVE AS AN ATHLETE

DUDE AND THESE BANDS ARE THE CHEAPEST IVE SEEN!!!


#5

I would go lower then the video that was posted. To stop the bar from rolling keep your arch and pull the bar into you. I am 6ft and I have been doing chain suspended good mornings starting at 37 inches.


#6

Instead of thinking of depth, focus on sticking your butt out as far as you can. Try to feel it all in your hamstrings.


#7

This works well for me, i think of them almost as a weighted stretch. dont lower the weight, move the body.