The Overhead Squat
The Overhead Squat quickly exposes all of our weaknesses in our squat posture, movement and stability. The Overhead Squat when done properly will develop functional flexibility, midline control, stability and balance. You must have a strong squat to be successful with an Overhead Squat. In addition, when you are learning an Overhead Squat you must start with a PVC pipe. By using a PVC pipe, you are able to work on your weaknesses and perfect your technique! CrossFit has released a short video demonstrating the movement and reminding us of the key elements of the Overhead Squat.
Key Elements of The Overhead Squat:
- Shoulder-width stance
- Wide grip on the bar
- Shoulders push up into the bar
- Armpits face forward
- Hips descend back and down
- Hips descend lower than knees
- Lumbar curve maintained
- Heels down
- Bar moves over the middle of the foot
- Knees in line with toes
- Complete at full hip and knee extension
Remember these key elements and your Overhead Squat will improve!