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brihead301
11-19-2008, 08:39 AM
I've been doing higher rep GM's for my lower back/hamstrings for a couple weeks, but I've heard RDL's may be a little better. I'm not sure which would be a better exercise though. I know I can use more weight with RDL's.

Any suggestions?

Brad08
11-19-2008, 08:55 AM
Two different tools, both useful. How useful depends on each individual, their weaknesses, leverages, and training needs at any given time.

Sensei
11-19-2008, 08:59 AM
They're both great.

johnnyo_99
11-19-2008, 09:05 AM
I do squat goodmornings to hit hams/glutes harder, think it helps your squat more.

brihead301
11-19-2008, 09:05 AM
Hmmm. Well, I'm not even sure exactly what my weaknesses are yet. I'm not really at that level where I can determine what parts of my body need strengthening. I back squat 3 times a week - once moderate/high volume, once lighter/low volume, and once heavy/low volume. So my hamstrings get worked pretty well, however when I do GM's my hams get sore as s*** the next couple of days. I guess it's really my lower back that I want strengthened, because I feel that's my weak link in squatting. I guess I'll just have to try them both out.

Thanks.

RhodeHouse
11-19-2008, 02:41 PM
Good Mornings

Captain_Crunch
11-19-2008, 03:05 PM
I think goodmornings because of all the different variations you can do with it. Romanians are a great exercise as well though.

Lones Green
11-19-2008, 03:08 PM
i like goodmornings better as well. close stance, wide stance, arched back, round back, seated, etc etc

brihead301
11-19-2008, 03:10 PM
Alright, GM's it is!

Thanks

SELK
11-19-2008, 05:22 PM
Ive gotten more from RDLS, but i find them more taxing for some reason.

I feel RDLs more in the glutes/hams while GM's I feel more in my low back.

RhodeHouse
11-19-2008, 10:57 PM
Ive gotten more from RDLS, but i find them more taxing for some reason.

I feel RDLs more in the glutes/hams while GM's I feel more in my low back.

You're doing them wrong. You need to really arch hard and sit back into your hamstrings. Your back still takes a beating, but it's great for the hamstrings.

SELK
11-19-2008, 11:41 PM
Yeah, thats how I did them.

I may do them again, but my squat has been steadily moving with RDLs so im hesitant to switch anything.

joey54
11-20-2008, 06:08 AM
Good mornings get my vote.