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 CF 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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