Be Well: Modified Good Mornings


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.


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.


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



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.