View Full Version : GMs: Arched vs. Rounded back

03-07-2008, 09:50 AM
Hi all, I've been lurking on these forums the last couple months, and have learned a lot...time to jump in now...

I'm thinking of adding good mornings to my workout. I was wondering what are the benefits of doing them with an arched back or rounded back, bent legs or straight legs?

03-07-2008, 10:57 AM
Your not suppose to arch your back at all, and your not suppose to keep your legs straight

03-07-2008, 11:00 AM
Your not suppose to arch your back at all, and your not suppose to keep your legs straight

Not everybody does them the same way... There are quite a few different variations to GMs.

03-07-2008, 11:47 AM
I always do them with an arched back. Doing them with a rounded back is asking for trouble, especially if you're going heavy.

You can have some bend in the knees as long as you're not turning it into a squat.

03-07-2008, 12:05 PM
Im thinking of the opposite arch... Gha I messed up, I meant rounded. Doing it with a rounded back doesn't seem good, sorry!

03-07-2008, 02:34 PM
Arched back for obvious physical safety reasons for me personally. If I am doing lighter GM's on say a speed day I may keep the legs straight to hit the hamstrings more. If I am working heavy GM's, I always keep the knees slightly bent. The key with bending the knees is when you do the movement, make sure it stays a GM and doesn't end up being a partial squat, which I see all the time. People fold up instead of staying solid.
This may seem primitive, but when doing a GM, think of your body as looking like this: < and when you finish the movement, drive the hips forward and of course end up back like: l

03-08-2008, 10:57 AM
Don't they do good mornings with a rounded back at West Side? With really light weight obviously. Anyone know this?

03-08-2008, 10:34 PM
definately arched.

03-09-2008, 05:59 PM
I found a Louie Simmons article at Deep squatter which was helpful (I would link it, but post count too low. It's in his "Back and Ab Training" article).
Ye, arched back makes more sense to me, since that's how you want to squat & pull. I just wanted to know why i've seen some advanced lifters roundin their back....looks like extension in the the back is the main purpose.

03-09-2008, 07:00 PM
Having a slight round is good for building 'arch recovery'.
I do primaraly rounded back good am's. Not rounded to the extent of stetching, but just more rounded then a straight back.

The main injury situation in good am's is if you over extend/stretch the capability of your back muscles.