Heavy Barbell Good Morning

by Kilo on January 11, 2011

I have only experimented a little bit with the barbell good morning exercise, and I’ve never gone heavy. The reason has been that pretty much the only goal I care about is a bigger deadlift, and so far I haven’t really needed to experiment with any traditional assistance work to keep that number going up. My understanding is that heavy good mornings are a low back strengthener which can in turn lead to safer form in the deadlift and barbell back squat.

If you’re interested in trying it out and have no idea good mornings are, or you’re a fan of the Diesel Crew, or you are bored and just wish I’d be quiet, this video up above is from Smitty, a 396 pound good morning that he also says is not a PR. Strong stuff.


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Patrick Tracy January 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I used to do good mornings, but I don’t believe I ever did more than 120 lbs. I always found them to be really uncomfortable. With heavy weight, I would think that a whole litany of things could go wrong, like the bar rolling down onto your neck, etc.. If I felt like I needed assistance work for DLs, I would go with RDLs and maybe rack pulls before I went in the direction of good mornings. That said, a nearly 400 lb good morning is the stuff of wild men, and probably guys who didn’t watch their dad suffer with serious back injuries for years.


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