Be Well: Modified Good Mornings

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Today I have another easy yet effective exercise to share with you guys. Good mornings are a wonderful warm-up exercise that can strengthen your hamstrings, glutes, and lower back. While this is often done with a barbell across the shoulders, I'm demonstrating a modified version here using free weights.

Start with feet shoulder-width apart, legs straight but soft through the knee, weights clutched into your chest, and upper arms by your sides.

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Hinge forward at the waist, keeping your back flat and sending your glutes towards the back wall. Keep legs straight without locking out your knees.

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Stop when your body gets to a 90-degree angle with your legs. Your back should still be flat.

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Rise back up, making sure you keep the weight clutched close to your chest.

DSC_0767_2End in the same position you started. Repeat 10-12 times for a good warm up. Complete 2-3 sets if you are using these as one of your major leg exercises in that day's workout.

How is everyone's week going so far? Mine's off to a pretty solid start - work's gone pretty smoothly thus far, I've stuck to my resolution to not eat out during February thus far, and I've got a fun, new little segment brewing to share on the blog tomorrow. Plus, I'm off to the gym to try a self-imposed Crossfit workout this morning - wish me luck! And have a great Wednesday.