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.
Last edited by erik-the-red; 03-30-2007 at 07:03 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.
I did try to look down in both photos. I had in mind the following:
Last edited by erik-the-red; 03-30-2007 at 11:16 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.
Other one is a 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.
Last edited by Sleepy Guy; 03-30-2007 at 12:16 PM.
Thanks for posting the links, Sleepy Guy.
I got the bar in the overhead position by push pressing it, by the way.
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
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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Nice gym. What school is that?