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Good Morning Form

When doing good mornings are you supposed to go parallel?

Is there a way to stop feeling the weight on your neck? or is this normal?

Thanks for any replies.

Go as low as your flexability allows while maintaining good form.

As far as not feeling the weight on the kneck… don’t put the bar on your kneck. i actually keep the bar lower on my back for goodmorning then squats.

If you have access to a cambered bar, that would be fantastic.

But either way, it sounds like your bar placement is a bit high if you’re feeling the weight on your neck. Try to get a lower bar placement. Basically, the bar should be placed on your “shelf”. Pinch your shouler blades together…HARD. Make sure you get proper hip extension (push the butt out) and allow the brunt of your weight to go into your heels. Obviously, keep a neutral spine. The fact that you’re using a high(er) bar placement makes this a bit more difficult because of the center of gravity.

Lighten the load and work on your technique. I promise it will make all the difference in the world.

[quote]DT20 wrote:
When doing good mornings are you supposed to go parallel?

Is there a way to stop feeling the weight on your neck? or is this normal?

Thanks for any replies. [/quote]

It depends on what kind of GM’s you are doing. For arched back GM’s, just go as low as you can while being able to keep a tight arch. For bent over GM’s you will obviously go lower, probably parallel.

I agree with the others on the neck issue, you must have it placed to high up.

Thank you all for the replies. I will try lower bar placement and using my “shelf”.

Can someone explain the difference between arched good mornings and bent over ones? I was reading all of the different good morning variations on elitefts and didnt understand some of the variations.

[quote]SprinterOne wrote:
DT20 wrote:
When doing good mornings are you supposed to go parallel?

Is there a way to stop feeling the weight on your neck? or is this normal?

Thanks for any replies.

It depends on what kind of GM’s you are doing. For arched back GM’s, just go as low as you can while being able to keep a tight arch. For bent over GM’s you will obviously go lower, probably parallel.

I agree with the others on the neck issue, you must have it placed to high up.

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When we say “arched” we actually mean reversed arch. Think of the low back arch a fitness babe has when she’s sticking out her ass and chest at the same time.

[quote]Drecappa wrote:
Can someone explain the difference between arched good mornings and bent over ones? I was reading all of the different good morning variations on elitefts and didnt understand some of the variations.

SprinterOne wrote:
DT20 wrote:
When doing good mornings are you supposed to go parallel?

Is there a way to stop feeling the weight on your neck? or is this normal?

Thanks for any replies.

It depends on what kind of GM’s you are doing. For arched back GM’s, just go as low as you can while being able to keep a tight arch. For bent over GM’s you will obviously go lower, probably parallel.

I agree with the others on the neck issue, you must have it placed to high up.

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[quote]kellyc wrote:
When we say “arched” we actually mean reversed arch. Think of the low back arch a fitness babe has when she’s sticking out her ass and chest at the same time.

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Amazing description. :slight_smile:

Ok, so when they say “rounded,” how do you perform those without hurting yourself? I am new to these terms so forgive my ignorance. Here is the list I saw off of elitefts.
http://elitefts.com/documents/max_effort_goodmorning.htm

[quote]kellyc wrote:
When we say “arched” we actually mean reversed arch. Think of the low back arch a fitness babe has when she’s sticking out her ass and chest at the same time.

Drecappa wrote:
Can someone explain the difference between arched good mornings and bent over ones? I was reading all of the different good morning variations on elitefts and didnt understand some of the variations.

SprinterOne wrote:
DT20 wrote:
When doing good mornings are you supposed to go parallel?

Is there a way to stop feeling the weight on your neck? or is this normal?

Thanks for any replies.

It depends on what kind of GM’s you are doing. For arched back GM’s, just go as low as you can while being able to keep a tight arch. For bent over GM’s you will obviously go lower, probably parallel.

I agree with the others on the neck issue, you must have it placed to high up.

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Generally you go lighter and they WONT be explosive your grinding them out strenghtening the lower back rounding on purpose.

[quote]Drecappa wrote:
Ok, so when they say “rounded,” how do you perform those without hurting yourself? I am new to these terms so forgive my ignorance. Here is the list I saw off of elitefts.
http://elitefts.com/documents/max_effort_goodmorning.htm

kellyc wrote:
When we say “arched” we actually mean reversed arch. Think of the low back arch a fitness babe has when she’s sticking out her ass and chest at the same time.

Drecappa wrote:
Can someone explain the difference between arched good mornings and bent over ones? I was reading all of the different good morning variations on elitefts and didnt understand some of the variations.

SprinterOne wrote:
DT20 wrote:
When doing good mornings are you supposed to go parallel?

Is there a way to stop feeling the weight on your neck? or is this normal?

Thanks for any replies.

It depends on what kind of GM’s you are doing. For arched back GM’s, just go as low as you can while being able to keep a tight arch. For bent over GM’s you will obviously go lower, probably parallel.

I agree with the others on the neck issue, you must have it placed to high up.

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