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I have a very good
friend, who will remain nameless, that gave me
another tidbit of advice. He's been instrumental in
helping me train legs. I've never pushed myself so
hard. So when he gives advice, I know it's coming
from a reliable source that's much better then any
He began with some good
mornings. At first it was the bar. Then it was 20
lbs. on each side. Pretty soon he was doing 225 lbs.
That's a lot of weight. But having the strength to
do it and the youth, he pushed on. Until one day,
POP! Forward he went, with 225 lbs. How he didn't
break his neck is somewhat of a miracle.
As with any exercise, and the
motivation of a bodybuilder, we will continue to
push ourselves to new limits. But some exercises
just don't produce any results worth the inherent
risks associated. Good mornings are one of those
exercises. There are many other options for compound
movements that do the same thing but with much less
of a risk. So skip the good mornings and try some
dead-lifts or stiff-legged dead-lifts. You won't be
missing out on anything by skipping the good
mornings except maybe weeks of recovery or a broken
Lat Pull-downs Behind the
No story to go with this one,
but think about it. Eventually you'll be doing some
heavy weight. In a very unnatural position. That is
a recipe for injury. It's much more natural and safe
to do the same movement to the front. Either way
your lats are getting worked. But behind the neck
puts pressure on the shoulders which isn't the
muscle group you are trying work.
This same philosophy goes for
pull-ups. They should be done to the front as well.
If you do pull-downs, try doing it to the front.
Don't even think about behind the neck as they won't
do any more for you except possibly give your an
excuse not to do any more pull-downs.