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    Max Overhead Squat Challenge!!!

    After a thread about overhead squats in the GPP forum: http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=79537 , a few of us are planning on doing a max or near-max overhead squat attempt in the next week or so and comparing how we do as a % of bodyweight.

    Feel free to join in on the fun and report your results here!

    If you win, here's what you get!
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    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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    What does last place get ?
    5'7 425 lbs. 85% bodyfat Need to gain 20-40 lbs.

    New journal - http://wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=86957 Boring I know, but whatever.

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    Last place gets this:
    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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    well I went ahead and gave these a shot today for the first time after some deads (which it appears I am retrogressing on) and did a few at 95, loaded up 115 and could barely keep it stable standing still at that point. soo

    95@165bdwt = 57.5%

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    I refuse to participate on the grounds of me dying.


    Okay, I'll try for at least 100lbs tomorrow.

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    It's funny, I was actually trying these yesterday after my last standing military presses. I managed 3 with 155. I almost lost balance on the second one but kept going. They are tough indeed. I could probably do one with 175 or so. Perhaps I'll try in the next few days.
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    Oh hell. I'm in.
    I'll try to max tonight before I do my real squats.
    Hopefully I don't die- my scariest gym moment to date was losing my balance and falling over during a set of OH squats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DenimDemon
    Oh hell. I'm in.
    I'll try to max tonight before I do my real squats.
    Hopefully I don't die- my scariest gym moment to date was losing my balance and falling over during a set of OH squats.
    Geez, don't go in with thoughts like that! If you lose control of the weight, just drop it in front or behind you and get out of the way!
    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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    Yeah, I'm gonna have to pass on that one. Good luck guys.

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    Will definatley give these a try tomorrow! Will only do OH squats, and nothing else cuz tomoz im supposed to be resting, but im up for a challenge! hehe. Im pretty confident I can get a 90% bodyweight Overhead squat for reps (which would be about 139 - 140lbs depending on what I weigh) . Is the challenge an ATF Overhead Squat? Or just as far as we can go below paralell?
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    Squat: 150kg (330lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Deadlift: 180kg x 3 (396lbs) Raw - 14.12.13
    Bench: 110kg (242lbs) Raw - 29.01.14
    Barbell Military Press: 85kg (187lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Barbell Push Press: 100kg (220lbs) Raw- 31.01.14

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew
    Yeah, I'm gonna have to pass on that one. Good luck guys.
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    Squat: 150kg (330lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Deadlift: 180kg x 3 (396lbs) Raw - 14.12.13
    Bench: 110kg (242lbs) Raw - 29.01.14
    Barbell Military Press: 85kg (187lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Barbell Push Press: 100kg (220lbs) Raw- 31.01.14

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    It's an informal contest, so I guess it's as deep as you feel is necessary.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei
    It's an informal contest, so I guess it's as deep as you feel is necessary.
    okie shomkey What can you OH squat Sensei? or what do u think u can do
    Last edited by Goodwinm; 05-24-2006 at 05:27 PM.
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    Squat: 150kg (330lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Deadlift: 180kg x 3 (396lbs) Raw - 14.12.13
    Bench: 110kg (242lbs) Raw - 29.01.14
    Barbell Military Press: 85kg (187lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Barbell Push Press: 100kg (220lbs) Raw- 31.01.14

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    Yeah, but you only win the picture of the beer if you go ATF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex
    Yeah, but you only win the picture of the beer if you go ATF.
    LOL!

    I'd have to check old logs, but I'm pretty sure I've done 180ish for a triple. I'd be giddy if I could get bodyweight (right now about 195).
    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
    Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei
    LOL!

    I'd have to check old logs, but I'm pretty sure I've done 180ish for a triple. I'd be giddy if I could get bodyweight (right now about 195).
    wow impressive! Was that cleaned up also? Cuz im gonna have to clean the weight up. I Might even Snatch the weight up.
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    Deadlift: 180kg x 3 (396lbs) Raw - 14.12.13
    Bench: 110kg (242lbs) Raw - 29.01.14
    Barbell Military Press: 85kg (187lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Barbell Push Press: 100kg (220lbs) Raw- 31.01.14

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    No, I take it from the racks and push press it into position usually. Props to you if you are cleaning it too!
    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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    day after all I have to say is: holy sore traps batman. I know DOMS isn't a sign of a "good" workout, but I could feel them working double duty when I was doing them too.

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    115lbs.

    My serratus is too under developed to support the weight once I lock it out and get my ass to grass. I'm sure I could nail 150 within a month.

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    wow just this minute tried them and I only put up 50kg (110lbs) Max. (didnt want to try any higher cuz my form would suffer greatly.)
    Well first time ive ever done these, Im definately gonna keep them going though. Felt very strange first time. I had to do tonnes of rotater stuff this morning, and stretches and things, so that my arms could actually stay above my head when i bent down. Im gonna try them again later see if I can get 60kg. Definatley a great core builder!
    So as it stands my OH Squat max is 70% of my bodyweight. Quite low, I want at leastr a bodyweight pretty damn soon. Try for an 85% of bodyweight OH Squat later on.....
    Last edited by Goodwinm; 05-25-2006 at 04:47 AM.
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    Squat: 150kg (330lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Deadlift: 180kg x 3 (396lbs) Raw - 14.12.13
    Bench: 110kg (242lbs) Raw - 29.01.14
    Barbell Military Press: 85kg (187lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Barbell Push Press: 100kg (220lbs) Raw- 31.01.14

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    Quote Originally Posted by Risk10k
    115lbs.

    My serratus is too under developed to support the weight once I lock it out and get my ass to grass. I'm sure I could nail 150 within a month.
    Well, im sure if you keep these OH squats up, your serratus will become much more developed. as will mine. Damn i cant get over how hard these ****ers are! lol
    Last edited by Goodwinm; 05-25-2006 at 04:59 AM.
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    Squat: 150kg (330lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Deadlift: 180kg x 3 (396lbs) Raw - 14.12.13
    Bench: 110kg (242lbs) Raw - 29.01.14
    Barbell Military Press: 85kg (187lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Barbell Push Press: 100kg (220lbs) Raw- 31.01.14

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    I have never done these before until now and WOW they are hard. I got 135, sheesh hard to balance
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    Looks like I'm winning so far. Mmmmmmmm....Beeerrrr.
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    How about we give everyone until July 1st to get their numbers in? Is that too long?
    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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    110 @ 160. I missed with 115 and REALLY MISSED with 125. I have no problem extending the contest out to July first, especially since I'm losing
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