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Kettlebell Good Morning

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Brent Mccoy
• Sunday, 11 October, 2020
• 17 min read

I like to use the Woodworking as a warm up exercise but also as a way of teaching my clients how to correctly hinge at the hips without bending at the lower spine. If you watch the video above you will notice how the lower back is kept flat.

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Caution : Always ensure you can perform a perfect Woodworking without a Kettle bell before adding a load to the upper back. Keeping the chest up hinge at the hips pushing the buttocks backwards and weight on your heels.

Keep the lower back flat and chest up throughout the movement. You will find that the more flexibility you have in your hamstrings and hips the deeper you will be able to go.

This movement is a great precursor to the swing without adding a ballistic component. It will help build your posterior chain along with your core while adding flexibility in your hips.

It will also build upper body strength and flexibility with the position of the kettle bell. Step 1: Two hand clean a kettle bell and bring it around to sit nicely between your shoulder blades.

Step 3: Focus on getting a slight stretch on your hamstrings as you perform this movement. Step 4: Maintaining core tension pull yourself back to the starting position.

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Date Created: 12/6/20, 12:44 Last Updated: 12/8/20, 2:19 AM By using a kettle bell and holding it lower, you decrease the typical spinal stress associated with traditional good mornings while still hitting all the relevant muscles.

Do this exercise as a movement prep for big-gun moves like dead lifts or as a finisher on leg or back day to wrap things up with a bow. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees straight but not locked, focus forward.

Move: Bend forward by hinging at the hip, lowering your upper body as far as you can while keeping your spine straight. Get the latest training, nutrition, fat loss and health information for the active woman.

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Workouts are some of the most effective ways to get rid of body fat and keep fit. Kettle bell routines are great exercises you can do to lose a good amount of weight and tone your abs.

We have come up with 10 kettle bell exercise routines that will help you burn fat all over your body. Another great thing about our selection of kettle bell exercise routines is that it also conditions all the muscles you engage.

Choose a combination of these kettle bell exercise routines on different days to add some variety to your workout. This will keep things fun and you will be able to work many muscle sets to achieve an all-round and lasting weight loss.

This is an awesome kettle bell exercise routine if you are looking to lose some weights fast. It is also a great cardio workout as it helps to pump blood through the body while lubricating your joints 1.

Now, lift yourself back up and then raise the kettle bell up above your head until your elbows lock. If you also need to correct your posture along with losing weight, this kettle bell exercise routine for abs will do that for you.

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This routine will work your entire leg muscles, your core, your abs, and your back. Hold a kettle bell in your right hand and slowly lift your left leg off the floor.

Lean your torso downward while keeping your back straight and in line with your left leg. Keep leaning downward until your back all the way down to your left heel is straight.

By now, only your right leg is on the floor with the kettle bell hovering above the ground in your outstretched right hand. Slowly return to the starting position to complete one rep. Do this kettle bell routine exercise for 12 reps on each leg.

This simply means that you will be using a lot of muscle sets to accomplish this workout. Raise it to shoulder height and then twist your wrist and lift it above your head in a swift movement.

Bring it back down by reversing the process and finish it off with a squat placing the kettle bell on the floor. The reason simply is that it engages almost all the muscles in your body turning you into a fat burning machine.

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Your buttocks, hamstring, and your entire back muscles are put to work during this exercise. Kettle bell swing routine, however, is a bit technical so it might be a little tricky to get your form right for a beginner.

Lower your torso towards the floor while keeping your back straight. This kettle bell exercise routine will put your arms and pecs to work.

Grab the handles of the kettle bells instead of placing your palms on the floors as with traditional push ups. Now lift one kettle bell off the floor towards your side while retracting your shoulder blade.

This is a goodkettlebell exercise for chest and it will also put your shoulders, arms, and pecs to work. Grab the kettle bell with one hand while the other is firmly on the floor and perform a push up.

This is another great kettle bell exercise for arms and will also involve all the muscles in your body. Hold the kettle bell in your hand close to your shoulder with your elbow pointing to the ground.

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Now, lower yourself into a lunge putting the corresponding leg of the hand holding the kettle bell backward. Bring your hand back to your elbow to complete the rep. Repeat 10 of this routine to make a set.

Your upper torso gets a full workout with this kettle bell exercise routine. Even though you are seated and much of the muscles from your midsection downward are not really getting worked, this is still a good workout.

So, get your butt to the floor, keep your back straight, and stretch out your legs wide apart. Slowly lower the kettle bell back to the starting position to complete the rep. Do 10 to 15 reps of this to make one set.

This workout mainly targets your back muscles and also strengthens your core and legs. If you are a beginner, you might want to rest your free hand on something to help you maintain a good form.

Lower your torso at the hip while keeping your back straight and your knees slightly bent. Grab the kettle bell with one hand and pull it up to your side in a smooth movement.

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Lower the kettle bell without it touching the floor to complete one rep. You will do 10 to 15 reps of this (depending on your fitness). This extra workout is a kettle bell exercise routine for a stark beginner.

This routine teaches you the way to bend at the hip and not arch your lower back. Stand straight and hold the kettle bell by the base of the handle with both hands.

Now, turn it over to your back and hold it there such that your elbows are pointing forward. You can rest assured if you do these exercises the right way, you will start seeing results sooner than later.

Commit to these kettle bell exercise routines and you will soon be burning calories round the clock. If your overall goals are fat loss, gaining strength, shaping your lower body or improving your ability to move faster or more efficiently then kettle bell leg exercises are vital.

The hamstring muscles attach to the bottom of the pelvis and help to extend the hips and flex the lower legs. Strengthening the hamstrings is very important to help maintain balance between the front and back of the legs and vital for preventing future injuries.

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Keep your weight back on your heels and slowly push the hips backwards as you breathe out. Refrain from using a heavy kettle bell during this exercise and treat it merely as an introduction to hamstring training.

Due to the high amount of muscle activation used for this exercise you can expect to lift some quite substantial loads, so don’t be afraid to increase the weight once you have mastered the movement. Practicing this tricky kettle bell leg exercise will challenge your balance and core muscles as well as your hamstrings.

Again the back needs to be kept flat throughout the entire exercise and all movement needs to come from a hinging at the hips. Keeping your weight back on your heels rather than your toes will help to further activate the hamstring muscles.

Keep the top arm locked out throughout the movement with the focus always kept on the kettle bell. Again weight is kept on the heels rather than the toes as you push the hips backwards and descend towards the floor.

Don’t force your way to the floor if your hamstrings and hips are too tight. You can begin with the just touching the front knee, then the ankle and finally the floor.

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When you can reach the opposite foot with good technique then you know you have great mobility in your hips and flexibility in the hamstrings. Just like the hamstring muscles they attach to the bottom front of the pelvis and help flex the hips and extend the lower leg.

The Quadriceps, on many people, tend to be disproportionately stronger than the hamstrings and can therefore affect the position of the pelvis resulting in a forward tilt. A 90 degree bend in the knee is important for many exercises to also activate the glutes or buttock muscles.

Failure to move through this 90 degree range can result in an over dominance of the quads over the glutes and ultimately a muscle imbalance. The kettle bell goblet squat is the ultimate beginners leg exercise and involves activation of the quads, hamstring and glutes.

Squatting down so the thighs are at least parallel with the floor will ensure that the buttock muscles are activated fully. As with the hamstring exercises keeping your weight back on your heels rather than your toes will ensure better activation of the leg muscles.

For many people this natural squatting movement is challenging so practicing without a kettle bell first, holding onto a post or back of a chair can also be helpful. You will achieve the same quad, hamstring and glute activation as with the goblet squat but challenge the core muscles a little more than you battle for stability.

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As more advanced kettle bell athletes will know the racked squat provides a beautiful segue into so many other exercises like the thruster, snatch, one handed swing, clean, high pull, lunge and more. Try to kiss or get as close as possible with the back knee to the floor in order to fully activate all the muscles involved and also maintain good mobility in the hips.

You will also achieve a surprisingly good lower body cardio workout from the kettle bell lunge exercise. The kettle bell bob and weave is our first lateral moving leg exercise and serves as a great introduction into training sideways (frontal plane).

It is important to keep the chest up and rib cage lifted throughout the movement to prevent straining the back muscles. Work up to a total of 20 alternating reps gently getting deeper into the movement each time.

Just as with the bob and weave the objective is to get as deep as possible to maximize activation of the quads and glutes. Again keeping your weight back on your heels rather than the toes will help to further activate the leg and buttock muscles.

Practice 5 reps on each side keeping the chest up and working on increasing the depth of the movement. The kettle bell pistol squat is a true strength based exercise that will max out the quads, hamstrings, and glutes.

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You can practice by holding onto a door frame, post or using a band or Tax attached in front of you. Move slow and steady on the way down keeping your weight back on your heel.

Holding onto a light kettle bell can help with counterbalance to stop you from rolling backwards. The kettle bell lunge with rotation adds a more functional training element to the exercise.

Holding the knee above the floor during the twist adds an isometric part to the movement making it a lot more challenging and fatiguing on the quads and glutes. It is important to take your time as you move through the exercise and not rush the rotational element.

Practice the movement by alternating sides as you lunge forwards with the opposite leg. Due to the seamless transitions between the movements you will find this exercise very cardiovascular as well as fatiguing on the legs.

As with all lunge exercises keep your chest up and focus on getting your knee as close to the floor as possible. One of the great benefits of kettle bell training is that you can activate over 600 muscles with certain exercises so not only are you working the legs but the rest of the body too.

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If your ultimate goals are fat loss then using full body exercises more frequently can be a real game changer. The movement should not be rushed especially from the racked position, with the kettle bell against the chest, to the overhead press exercise.

Not only are the legs worked during the squatting portion of the exercise but the core and upper body is also challenged together with your cardio. Practitioners should master the racked squat exercise first before adding the pressing element onto the movement.

As the overhead pressing part of the exercise is facilitated by the momentum of the squat, heavier kettle bells can be used. Practice 10 – 15 reps on each side at a medium tempo for a full body workout.

The kettle bell lunge and press is a demanding exercise that not only challenges the quads, hamstrings and glutes but also the core and shoulder too. The exercise begins in the same way as the regular reverse lunge except as you return to the standing position you drive the kettle bell up and overhead.

The kettle bell snatch is a big full body movement that also works into the hamstrings and glutes. A good quality kettle bell swing as well as being comfortable with the overhead press will certainly help.

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As a very dynamic exercise the kettle bell moves at a good pace from top to bottom so expect your heart rate to rise quickly. The legs and buttocks are the strongest muscles in the body so often you need to use two kettle bells in order to really challenge them.

Using two kettle bells is not always necessary, anyone who has mastered the Pistol Squat can attest to the sheer intensity of this exercise without the need for too much load. The kettle bells can also be held either down by your sides with arms straight or up in the racked position as shown in the image above.

Remember to lower the back knee carefully towards the floor and work on nice deep lunges in order to activate as many muscles as possible. The double kettle bell clean, squat and press is the ultimate full body exercise.

You can either repeat the same leg circuit for a total of 2 – 4 sets or change exercises each round. Training your lower body using kettle bells is a great choice for fat loss, adding muscle, gaining strength, improving movement skills as well as preventing future injuries.

Kettle bell swings are considered one of the best hip hinge exercises and similar to the traditional dead lift. More emphasis is placed on the posterior chain using the kettle bell swing, these muscles include the hamstrings, glutes, back and hips.

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Everyone recovers from exercise differently but if the intensity and your overall well-being match you can train with kettle bells every day. Good mornings have become popularized due to their inclusion in Louie's Westside methodology, where they figure in prominently as a supplemental lift to train both the dead lift and squat.

A kettle bell swing, a barbell hip thrust, and a good morning are all hinge patterns, the only difference is the lever action in relation to where the load is placed. The effort (or force) is coming from the musculature of the hips, with the bend (or fulcrum) of the movement bearing down from the pelvis, through the feet, and into the floor.

The entire spine is in a reinforced neutral position with a moderate arch in the lumbar. The core should be on “lock-down.” The chest is expanded with “big air belly” breathing in effect.

Notice the upper back posture is still maintained and there is no collapse or loss of tension anywhere in the body. The gluteal muscles contract to bring the hips forward and return the body to a standing position.

It trains the lifter to keep his/her lumbar spine in a controlled posterior tilt as he/she extends his/her hips back and brings them forward. It requires the lifter to firmly ground him/herself into the floor and balance his/her weight from the mid-foot to the heel.

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It requires a lifter to “keep his chest up and get his shoulders back.” It necessitates using controlled belly breathing and “big air” in order to execute it properly and safely. A straight leg good morning places unnecessary stress on the lumber spine and does not adequately train the hinge pattern.

Notice to the upper back/thoracic spine position: The lifter has kept his thoracic arched, his shoulder blades are packed, and we can see the muscles of the mid-back working to support the weight of the bar. The pattern should be: hamstrings, glute-hamstring tie-in, gluteus Maximus, and then the extension of the spinal erectors (taking the lumbar to a neutral position).

The hips popping up first are an indication that the lifter did not properly create tension and load the hamstrings or the glutes. His/her transfer of force has bypassed the hips and his/her low back is now handling the load.

So in the GHz, hamstrings and glutes fire first, then the low back comes into play. The good morning is a loaded hinge pattern, and I believe it has the most carryover to the dead lift, as pertaining to powerlifters.

It reinforces total body tension, big air, and proper loading of the whole posterior chain. For lifters whose hips have a tendency to “pop” first and/or have problems maintaining tightness in the upper back, it is very beneficial.

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From an athletic perspective, I like the good morning because it trains the entire length of the posterior chain. For the majority of athletes, however, I favor the good morning done for higher reps and as a secondary movement.

Since it is a demanding movement, I generally program it on a dynamic or repetitive effort lower body day (after the working sets of the main exercise have been done). My rationale for this is simply that good mornings are always a hard exercise on the back and hips, and that programming them on a max effort day is more stress than I would like to put on my athletes.

Alternatively, I will use good mornings as a primary compound movement with athletes who do not perform the barbell back squat. There should be ZERO form breakdown with good mornings, and the athlete must be able to tolerate the load for all working sets.

Elitefts™ features an extensive exercise index with many variations of good mornings. In closing, I hope you have gained a more thorough understanding of the benefits of the good morning and how to utilize it in your own training.

The good morning is a versatile hip hinging movement with a multitude of benefits, not a harassed low back squat without knee bend. The good morning is one of the most maximally effective lifts you can do for total muscular development, and now you have no excuse not to do it.

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