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Old 05-14-2008, 09:40 PM   #1
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shoulder (in)flexibility and close-grip overhead squats

Will practicing close-grip OHS ('close-grip' here meaning narrower than shoulder width) lead to increased shoulder flexibility or will it merely act at a gauge of it?

If anybody can provide more info on close-grip OHS, please do so. Thanks!

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Old 05-15-2008, 04:47 AM   #2
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Re: shoulder (in)flexibility and close-grip overhead squats

Why would you want to practice an OHS with a close grip? It is meant to be performaed with a snatch or "slightly" narrower grip!
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Re: shoulder (in)flexibility and close-grip overhead squats

Doing OHS caused me to have nerve impingement issues and I wonder if this would help with that.
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Re: shoulder (in)flexibility and close-grip overhead squats

Yeah, it can be helpful.
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Re: shoulder (in)flexibility and close-grip overhead squats

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Why would you want to practice an OHS with a close grip? It is meant to be performaed with a snatch or "slightly" narrower grip!
Supposedly if you have really flexible shoulders, you should be able to do it without dumping the bar forward at the bottom of the squat.

I think I saw Keith do it.
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:34 AM   #6
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Re: shoulder (in)flexibility and close-grip overhead squats

I feel it would be a heck of a lot safer to use dislocates to work on your shoulder flexibility.
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:44 AM   #7
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Re: shoulder (in)flexibility and close-grip overhead squats

...OH squat with kettlebells is really good for shoulder flexibility... and much safer...
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Re: shoulder (in)flexibility and close-grip overhead squats

I did close grip ohs for a while bringing my hands closer and closer - now it's to a point that it's easy to squat overhead with hands together with load.

I liked it better than any other type of shoulder stretch.

Here's a vid of Jerk grip ohs out of the bottom with 85 kilos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRyxLTpwhuk (wfs)
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