Establishing perfect form whilst undertaking a good morning exercise with a barbell can be tricky. However, with Matt Wenning’s Good Morning Machine this takes out the guess work and enables you to carry out the movement easily and effectively, minimising any potential for injury.
The movement itself is a hip hinge exercise where you bend at the waist and return to a standing position and is in the same category as compound movements such as the deadlift and squat. Doing the exercise in a smooth, controlled way will give your posterior chain an exceptionally good workout increasing strength and muscle mass.
Matt's Good Morning machine features both leg pads and a back pad which lock you into place and help to keep your spine in a neutral position throughout the movement. Simply, lower yourself forward and then drive your hips forward to return to your standing position.
The machine has been further developed by offering a hydraulic adjustable foot plate which brings your hip up to the pivot point providing greater versatility for a larger range of athletes.
You can opt to add weight plates to make the exercise more difficult or utilise the band pegs by using resistance bands so you can increase the intensity as you improve on the machine.
The Good Morning machine is a fantastic way to increase leg, hip and back strength and with continued use you'll notice a marked improvement with your squats and deadlifts helping you to break through any plateaus.