I can do around 6 with a mini band wrapped around my neck.
There was a guy at my gym who tweaked his back pretty bad and couldn't compress his spine for 8 weeks. So he focused on GHR's. He was able to do them with the blue band wrapped around his neck. He was a fucking animal. haha
I have never had access to a GHR so I don't know what my level of suck would be. Quite high I imagine.
By coincidence, after squats I did a few sets of "natural" GHRs for the first time. Damn. I can only get 6-8 and I am only going to about 30 degrees relative to the ground. Then I need to use my arms to keep me from doing a face plant.
Ya ive never had access to a GHR and suck big time at natural GHRs. I'd like to get to where I can do at least 5 natural ones full ROM but its really tough to progress towards, especially after gaining weight. Its also pretty humbling seeing videos of chicks on youtube doing them.
My gym doesn't have one, so I am forced to do Natural GHRs. I have to say though, if you do a ton of volume/frequency for them, you'll get better wicked fast. This is just something I personally experienced because I just happened to be training that way at the time, and I started out being able to do 5 normal ones, to being able to do 15 with a 25lb plate behind my head (not sure how that converts into bands sorry). This was at a different gym though. If you wanna get better at GHR, do more GHR
I would say really focus on squeezing your ass cheeks at the top of the movement and try focusing on initiating the movement from the bottom with your buns.
However, my question might completely negate any advice I gave.
What is the benefit to doing these like shown in the video as opposed to stopping when you are parallel with the ground? I feel like the way in the video would allow you to "cheat" by using your back more by swinging. I have progressed to sets of 10 with a 25lb plate cradled on my chest doing it the way I mention.
I am curious as to which way is better as it is my typical go-to-move after deadlifting on 5/3/1.
You need to force your hips forward, like you're finishing a deadlift, as opposed to flexing at the spine. Doing this will make your glutes contract hard, taking some of the stress off of the hamstrings.