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Old 06-24-2014, 01:58 PM   #1
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Today I did good mornings for the first time and I realized that I had no idea what I was doing. I listened to the anti-westide guys who hate good mornings.

For arched back good mornings-

Where do I put the bar on my back?
How far do I go down?
How much do I bend my knees?
How much do I arch?
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I'll tell you how I personally do them-

I put the bar very low on my back. I don't like the bar rolling up on my neck. Think extremely low bar. I also bend my knees slightly as I descend, to keep strain off the knee joint itself. I arch as hard as possible and go down essentially as far as possible without losing any back arch. It's not a large ROM.

But the biggest, most important key to doing good mornings is to stick your butt back as far as possible. DON'T think about lowering the bar, just focus on sticking your ass out. That will put the weight onto your glutes and hamstrings, and protect your lower back by helping you keep your arch. It should be so dramatic that you literally can't do the movement without a bar on your back or you'd fall backwards.
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Today I did good mornings for the first time and I realized that I had no idea what I was doing. I listened to the anti-westide guys who hate good mornings.

For arched back good mornings-

Where do I put the bar on my back?
How far do I go down?
How much do I bend my knees?
How much do I arch?
I do mine wide stanced with a normal bar placement, like squats. I perform them like a half squat, half good morning, and sink to about the half squat position while keeping a tight back.
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I'll tell you how I personally do them-

I put the bar very low on my back. I don't like the bar rolling up on my neck. Think extremely low bar. I also bend my knees slightly as I descend, to keep strain off the knee joint itself. I arch as hard as possible and go down essentially as far as possible without losing any back arch. It's not a large ROM.

But the biggest, most important key to doing good mornings is to stick your butt back as far as possible. DON'T think about lowering the bar, just focus on sticking your ass out. That will put the weight onto your glutes and hamstrings, and protect your lower back by helping you keep your arch. It should be so dramatic that you literally can't do the movement without a bar on your back or you'd fall backwards.
I wasn't doing them as bad as i thought I guess. The extreme low bar is something I will do and the range of motion advice was great.

Are there any things that would expose a weak point during a good morning?
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I do mine wide stanced with a normal bar placement, like squats. I perform them like a half squat, half good morning, and sink to about the half squat position while keeping a tight back.
Do you use a wide stance for a certain reason or for comfort?
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I wasn't doing them as bad as i thought I guess. The extreme low bar is something I will do and the range of motion advice was great.

Are there any things that would expose a weak point during a good morning?
Good mornings are a weak point builder, for the posterior chain.
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Thank you for clearing that up for me.
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A wider stance will involve more of the hips. I also like to do mine with a wide stance. Traditionally these are done with a closer stance but I find the wide stance helps me really feel these in my hamstrings and hips.

BTB's description is a good one. A good morning basically looks like a half squat where you're a little too bent over. I've often wondered if people think I'm just a terrible squatter when I do these, lol.
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A wider stance will involve more of the hips. I also like to do mine with a wide stance. Traditionally these are done with a closer stance but I find the wide stance helps me really feel these in my hamstrings and hips.

BTB's description is a good one. A good morning basically looks like a half squat where you're a little too bent over. I've often wondered if people think I'm just a terrible squatter when I do these, lol.
Its funny because that is how I felt too. Thank you everyone for all of the help.
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