The Overhead Squat – A Foundational CrossFit Movement

The Overhead Squat is the most difficult of the 9 CrossFit Movements

Whether you are a trainer, gym owner, or just an average Joe that wants to get in shape with CrossFit, I highly recommend you master the 9 CrossFit movements.  Learning how to perform them effectively as an athlete or as coach will drastically improve your personal fitness and that of your client’s.

Remember: Fit clients tell all their friends and fit Joe’s take their shirts off at the beach…so become a better CrossFitter or Coach by mastering the basics!

The 9 CrossFit Movements

All 9 in one post

Air Squat

Front Squat

Overhead Squat

Shoulder Press

Push Press

Push Jerk

Deadlift

Sumo Deadlift High Pull

Medicine Ball Clean

The Overhead Squat

The overhead squat is one of my favorite lifts.  It offers so much bang for time-invested-buck as well as requiring a high level of skill to perform well.  A simple way to evaluate weaknesses in yourself or a client is to have the athlete perform overhead squats with a light load (PVC even).  It will be clear where the weaknesses in the athlete’s flexibility  balance, and strength.

For those looking to get strong abs there is no better movement.  Train overhead squats with light and medium loads often, and sometimes at near maximal loads, and you will see a huge improvements in your fitness and strength.

From The CrossFit Training Guide:

“The overhead squat is the ultimate core exercise, the heart of the snatch, and peerless in developing effective athletic movement.”

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