The Overhead Squat

The Overhead Squat

The Overhead Squat quickly exposes all of our weaknesses in our squat posture, movement and stability. When done properly it will develop functional flexibility, midline control, stability and balance. You must have a strong squat to be successful with an overhead one. 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 this workout.

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 you will improve!