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Mark Rippetoe Teaching the Overhead Squat

The overhead squat has been a nemesis of mine for a long time. I’m really, really tall with less than great shoulder mobility. But I’m getting closer.

If, like me, you have a hard time getting into the position for overhead squats at the top, here’s a tip I got from Dan John a at a strength training seminar.

The overhead squat position that gives me trouble at the top: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gracewanderer/

Put a piece of PVC pipe in front of you on the ground. Now perform a goblet squat with a kettlebell or dumbbell. At the bottom, set down whatever you’re holding, reach forward, pick up the pipe, and put your arms back over your head. Every time I’ve done this, I’m suddenly in the perfect overhead squat position. What felt impossibly for my shoulders at the top feels easy and natural at the bottom.

Mark Rippetoe is the author of the book Starting Strength, which I highly recommend to anyone looking for a good foundation for their strength training.


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