Good Mornings Variations & Alternatives
When you’re just starting out, you might not be able to balance the bar on your back and perform the exercise with proper form. So I’ve included some exercise alternatives to help you progress from beginner to advanced.
In addition, I’ve included different exercise variations you can do with whatever equipment you have available. Including resistance bands, cables, and the Smith machine.
Bodyweight Good Mornings
If you’ve never done this exercise before, it may be a good idea to start with bodyweight good mornings. This is where you perform the movement with little or no added resistance.
Practice pushing your hips back and bending at the waist while keeping your back straight. This will help improve your balance and flexibility. Also, you can use a lightweight bar or PCV pipe to simulate the barbell.
Banded Good Mornings
Once you are comfortable with the movement, you can move up to resistance bands.
To do banded good mornings, hold the tube band handles up by your shoulders or wrap a power band around your back. Then perform the movement as shown below.