Smith Machine Good Morning Variations
The type of good morning exercise you do depends on your equipment. For example, you may have a different Smith machine than the one shown above.
Or you might not even have a Smith machine. For that reason, I’ve included how to do the free weight variation as well.
Angled Smith Machine Good Morning
In the pictures and video above, the Smith machine I’m using has completely vertical rails. But many Smith machines have angled rails, so it’s necessary to take the direction into account when doing good mornings.
On an angled Smith machine, you should face in the direction where the bar moves forward as you lower it. This angle closely replicates the natural movement pattern of the barbell good morning.
Barbell Good Morning
If you don’t have a Smith machine in your gym, you can try doing good mornings with a free weight barbell. Free weights require more balance, so you should practice with your bodyweight or a PVC pipe first.
To do barbell good mornings, the form is the same as the Smith machine good morning except that the bar moves in space. So you will need to balance it throughout the exercise.