I'm probably going to start asking for help once in a while so I'll start by introducing myself.
I live in Belgium am 5'7" tall (short) and way about 148Lbs.
I have been messing around with training for a while now, but it was mostly unguided. (some bodyweight exercises and bicep curls.)
I'm now want to get to another level, and I'm using the ExRx excersise template as a guide. I train at home, since I found that I keep that up. I tried a gym or two but after a month or so I dropped out.
My home fitness concists of:
2 dumbells, one barbell, some weights, a persian rug, a couple of k-word chairs and a lot of imagination in using theafore mentioned items to their full gymm potential.
Now to my question.
I have bad hip flexibility.
When I bend over, keeping my legs and my back straight , I can just bend to about 45°. My hands only reach to my knees. When bending my back I can get down to about the middle of chins.
This makes me think that a lot of excelent excersises, like deadlifts, good mornings, etc. are out of my reach because I won't be able to get the form right. (I'll bend my back to much on the lower parts of the movement.).
I understand that with low weights bending the back won't be very dangerous but of course the aim of the game is to progress to higher weights.
Are there techniques for planks like myself that would allow me to progress without risking a hernia?