Thursday, January 17, 2008

Good Morning!

Ha..not that kind of good morning. This is a staple exercise in the training programs of power and weight lifters. Basically you set up for a squat, break at the knees and drop the chest to as close to parallel as possible, then recover to the standing position. They can be done with a more "straight legged" approach or dropped into the squat position.

The exercise is used to strengthen hamstrings and lower back. From a functional point of view the main use is to train the ability to recover from a "bad" squat. For example in a competition if you are coming out of the bottom of a squat and you drop your chest, this training will help you build the strength in your lower back to recover your position.

It is a sensational exercise for core strength as well.

Give it a try and let me know.



Combat Girl said...

Good mornings sound like something I need to start doing!!

I will give them a try over the next few days. Thanks for that Lisa.


Raechelle said...

I used to do those years ago and was thinking of doing them again when I saw you had them in your routine-now that you've mentioned them aagin I think I will add them!

Anonymous said...

Thanx for the explanation

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