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Scott Gilbert 09-08-2008 08:06 AM

Overhead squats
I feel like my lack of shoulder flexibilty is preventing me making headway in the overhead squat. My core and leg strength are pretty good. Anyone have any shoulder stretching suggestions? Thanks.

Leonid Soubbotine 09-08-2008 08:12 AM

Re: Overhead squats
I'd like to see at least a picture better yet a video of your ohs - usually most folks will be able to OHS pretty good without any extra stretching, with just better positioning overhead.

Shoulder dislocates, correct overhead press, door jam stretches - they all work good for getting the shoulders more flexible if that indeed is a problem.

Scott Gilbert 09-08-2008 08:18 AM

Re: Overhead squats
Thank you. I will post a video and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Justin McGinley 09-08-2008 08:30 AM

Re: Overhead squats
Add the "samson stretch" to your warmup. Concentrate on getting your shoulders active and your arms to the sky, right against your ears. It'll do wonders for your shoulder flexibility and your OHS will be close behind.

I prefer to reach my fingers up to the sky instead of grasping them, but this picture is close enough:

Scott Gilbert 09-08-2008 08:34 AM

Re: Overhead squats
Thanks Justin. Much appreciated.

Lou Cabales 09-08-2008 03:10 PM

Re: Overhead squats
+ 1 on dislocates

what is a door jamb stretch?

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