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How to Do Morning Barbell Exercise

Each morning barbell exercise should begin with a good posture to avoid injury. Brace the spine by drawing your lower abdomen inward. Your core muscles should be activated to support your posture as you perform the exercise.

If any pain is experienced, immediately stop this morning barbell exercise.

Beginning

Beginning Morning Barbell Exercise

1. Take a deep breath in while bracing your upper back and abdominals.

2. Exhale as you hinge at the hips, pushing your hips back and your upper body forward. When your upper body is nearly parallel to the floor, come to a halt.

3. As you return to your starting position, exhale.

Movement

Morning Barbell Exercise Movement

1. Choose a relatively light barbell when first starting out. Press the barbell overhead, and settle it behind your head. The barbell should be sitting comfortably on the trapezius muscle and not on any part of your spine. You should be able to balance the bar on your traps without having to use your hands. Now place your hands on the bar at about shoulder-width and hold the bar.

2. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart, with your knees slightly bent. Draw up your spine and tighten up your abdominals. Pull your shoulder blades back and down. Making sure that your back remains straight, hinge forward at the hips until the torso is at 90 degrees to the lower body.

3. Push the hips forward to return to a standing position. Be very careful that your back does not round at any point during the exercise. If this starts to happen, reduce the weight of the barbell, and the range of motion from 90 degrees to a shallower angle.

4. You may also feel a pull in the hamstrings when performing the exercise due to a lack of flexibility. Perform the exercise with a smaller range of motion until your flexibility improves.

Benefits

Morning Barbell Exercise Benefits

This exercise can be done at home or in the gym.

This exercise works the muscles in the back of the body, specifically the hamstrings, glutes, and spinal erectors (lower back).

This is one of those exercises that is very often done incorrectly. Pay strict attention to form.

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