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erik-the-red
03-30-2007, 07:02 AM
After a college tour, I still had a few shots left on my disposable camera, so I asked my dad to take a few pictures in the gym.

The first photo is my full overhead squat with the empty bar. Please comment on bar position, shoulder flexibility, ankle, knee, hip flexibility, and so forth.

The second photo is before the squat. Please comment on bar position, shoulder flexibility, and so forth.

Thanks!

pberge
03-30-2007, 10:54 AM
I don't think you have any problem with flexibility. That is about as deep as you can get in a squat.

It's hard to really see where you head is because of the blurring in the picture, but it looks to me like you are looking slightly down in the first picture.

I'm not an expert, but it looks like the bar may be slightly too far back in the 2nd picture.

erik-the-red
03-30-2007, 11:15 AM
I don't think you have any problem with flexibility. That is about as deep as you can get in a squat.

It's hard to really see where you head is because of the blurring in the picture, but it looks to me like you are looking slightly down in the first picture.

I'm not an expert, but it looks like the bar may be slightly too far back in the 2nd picture.

Yeah, I used Photoshop to blur and blot out my head for privacy reasons.

I did try to look down in both photos. I had in mind the following:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dehwang/150743578/

pberge
03-30-2007, 11:54 AM
I can't really comment on that technique but I have a great link on how to perform an OH squat, but I can't post links yet!

Do a google search for nsca-lift overhead squat
and look at the first 2 links.

Sleepy Guy
03-30-2007, 12:15 PM
http://www.nsca-lift.org/videos/default.shtml

Other one is a PDF
http://www.nsca-lift.org/Perform/articles/050506.pdf

The images are small but it looks like you have the depth, I can not see how you back is sitting on the bottom nor the hips.

On the second image, the bar looks to far back. Catching it like that on a snatch could result in dislocating a shoulder. Again the size of the image is a factor.

pberge
03-30-2007, 01:14 PM
Thanks for posting the links, Sleepy Guy.

erik-the-red
03-30-2007, 05:56 PM
Ah, OK.

I got the bar in the overhead position by push pressing it, by the way.

Sensei
03-30-2007, 10:13 PM
The bar is definately too far behind you on the second pic.

You look pretty flexible to me, but like everyone's been saying, it's hard to see everything clearly in the pic because it's so damn small.

Here's some OHSQs I did last summer for a challenge we had: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Z4_nJ3Ln444

Guido
04-02-2007, 09:10 AM
Nice gym. What school is that?