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Johnny Ingoglia 11-09-2010 11:12 AM

Overhead Squat, poor posture
Hello :)

I'm fairly new to Crossfit, been following the main page WOD for about a month and so far have enjoyed it immensely. I've never hurt so good. :D

I'm hoping for some advice on an issue I've been having:

The Overhead Squat. I have poor posture, and rounded shoulders. Because of this it is very difficult for me to perform a correct overhead squat, in fact I can't do it at all. When I begin to lower my body I feel like I'm falling forward and can't keep my heels on the ground. It is very difficult to keep the weight above my head and balanced.

I have searched and have been actively trying to do exercises and stretches specifically to improve my posture. While I feel like I'm standing straighter, it is still difficult / uncomfortable for me to hold just my arms straight above my head, and an overhead squat is almost out of the question.

I wasn't sure if my inability to do this exercise was due to poor technique, as I am like I mentioned new to lifting. (Prior to Crossfit I never attempted to do a squat with weight over my head) Poor posture, or a combination of both.

So I guess my question / issue is how can I work on this? Suggestions for ways to practice form / correct my posture? Any help or advice is appreciated, thank you.

Eric Montgomery 11-09-2010 01:27 PM

Re: Overhead Squat, poor posture (WFS)

Or any of Kelly Starrett's CFJ videos.

Johnny Ingoglia 11-09-2010 03:13 PM

Re: Overhead Squat, poor posture
I'm at work and haven't browsed through any of the videos in the CFJ, but I did quickly look at Within a couple minutes I found things I think will be incredibly useful, thanks for the point in the right direction!

Paul Shortt 11-12-2010 12:04 PM

Re: Overhead Squat, poor posture
As well as improving mobility, look to strengthen your midsection.

You know your strong enough when you can do all of these progressions WFS

Until then.. have at it!

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