Tip: The Zercher Good Morning

Bulletproof your posterior chain with this good morning variation. Also works great for opening up your hips.

The word "Zercher" refers to the location of the barbell during lifts – the crooks of the elbows – as in the popular Zercher squat. But the Zercher position can be used for many exercises, even the good morning.

In the traditional good morning, the bar is held on your back in the back squat position, but you can also use the Zercher hold and do a seated good morning.

Maintain a neutral pelvis and keep tension through the heels to strengthen the posterior chain. Or use this exercise as a warm-up just to open up the hips.

Kurt Weber, MS, CSCS, PN-1, is a former Division-I strength and conditioning coach and Track and Field All-American. He now specializes in performance enhancement for the lifestyle athlete at a private gym in Newport Beach, CA. Kurt is also the creator of The Alpha Plan program, designed for high-stress, busy, and frequent travelers. Follow Kurt Weber on Facebook