Good morning is a strength training exercise popular in the weightlifting circuit. It is very effective at strengthening the lower back and hamstring muscles in the legs. If you are new to strength training or are uncertain about how to perform it with correct form, then it is a good idea to seek the help of a trained professional trainer, or at least look up picture instructions through the internet.
To perform the good morning exercise you will need a barbell. It is a good idea to warm your body up some first, or work this into your regular weight routine. If you are a beginner, make sure to start with a lighter weight until you are comfortable with the movement and can handle heavier weight.
Place the barbell behind your head, resting on the top of your shoulders behind the neck. Hold securely on each side and slightly bend your legs down. You should be in a light squat position.
The reason this exercise is called the “good morning” is because you want to bend forward from the waist, as if bowing to someone in front of you. Make sure to keep your eyes focused on a spot about waist height in front of you. This will help keep your head up and help with proper form. After going forward, you simply return to start position.
Again, if you are uncertain about the exact form required to prevent injury doing the good morning exercise it is a good idea to look up some pictures of the movement or ask someone, like a personal trainer or someone at the gym. This is an extremely effective weightlifting move, as long as proper form is followed to prevent injury.