Are Goodmornings And Stiff Legged Deadlifts Dangerous?

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Are Goodmornings And Stiff Legged Deadlifts Dangerous?

I just recently started a new lifting program that is doing me fairly well. But, it includes goodmornings and stiff legged deadlifts and everybody at the gym says that I'm gonna hurt myself. I don't arch my back when doing them, but are these dangerous?? Please let me know since I'm a little skeptical.

Actually, I have to commend you for employing some exercises that I think are extremely beneficial. These are great movements that improve the posterior chain. This includes the hamstrings, glutes, and low back. Many times people neglect these areas because they are not seen in the mirror and the exercises are challenging.

To answer your question though, there is no such thing as a dangerous exercise. Yes, people will tell you myth after myth about how you will destroy your back, or shoulder doing this or that exercise. The reality is many exercises that the average gym goer thinks as dangerous is actually extremely helpful. An exercise is only dangerous if you break any of the following.

  1. Use poor technique
  2. Use inappropriate loads
  3. Overtrain in the movement
  4. Have orthopedic problems that contradict you performing that specific exercise

If you are avoiding any of the above then you will find great results in using the above mentioned exercises. I would say however, since they both tax the low back make sure to give some days in between for recovery sake. I usually use the goodmorning or RDL as a supplementary exercise for core lifts like squats, deadlifts, or Olympic lift variations.

Think of it this way... when you are feeling stronger than ever and most other people are complaining about back problems you will know the true effectiveness of these exercises and realize that those who are trying to give you useful advice are severly misguided.

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