For the Good Morning, you will need a barbell – lot of effort should be placed on ensuring correct form as with any lower back exercise there is a risk of injury if not performed correctly
- Place the bar on a bar rack that suits your height.
- Stand under the barbell and place it on your shoulders – as if you were going to do a squat
- Grab the bar and lift it by using your legs, straightening your back at the same time.
- Take a step away from the rack and stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, with a slight bend in the knee. Keep your head up by looking ahead as looking down will put you off balance. It is very important to keep your back straight. This will be your starting position.
- Stand firmly and bend your torso forward from the hips, keeping your back straight, while bending your legs and inhaling at the same time. Lower your torso until it’s approaching parallel with the ground. Focus on being slow and precise.
- Lift the bar by bringing the torso back to the starting position while exhaling at the same time.
Because of the pressure placed on the lower back muscles, you should start off with very low weights – even just an empty back. Concentrate on correct form, posture and breathing and add weight in small increments as you progress.
This workout is very good for all athletes such as Olympic athletes, weightlifters and bodybuilders – anyone looking for a stronger back. It also strengthens the hamstrings, glutes and torso and tightens the core.