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Tomorrow is a 1 RM Day for the OH Squat...So Why Do We OH Squat?

Tomorrow is our 1 RM day for the OH Squat and often times not every ones favorite movement. Newer athletes ask me all the time what the benefit is of being able to squat with weight overhead...The answer is way more then most athletes even realize!
"The overhead squat is the ultimate core exercise, the heart of the snatch, and peerless in developing effective athletic movement. This functional gem trains for efficient transfer of energy from large to small body parts - the essence of sport movement. For this reason it is an indispensable tool for developing speed and power. The overhead squat also demands and develops functional flexibility, and similarly develops the squat by amplifying and cruelly punishing faults in squat posture, movement, and stability.

The overhead squat is to midline control, stability, and balance what the clean and snatch are to power - unsurpassed." Greg Glassman
Below is a CrossFit link that explains the OH Squat in detail...I am a firm believer in improving your weaknesses to help your strengths. If you are one of those athletes that dreads the OH Squat, then use it as an opportunity to discover and gauge where your weaknesses lie. Any ROM or mid line stability deficiencies will become very apparent and give you or your coach some great tell tail signs for where to get started.

Looking forward to some PR's tomorrow. Rest up and we hope to see everyone in the box!

Courtesy of CrossFit.com