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How to Develop and Improve Your Overhead Squat

Overhead squats are an excellent exercise that help develop many key components of fitness and are also the building blocks for many olympic weightlifting movements such as the squat snatch that we regularly see in our class programming. There are many components such as strength and flexibility that will determine the quality of your overhead squats. Here are some exercises and assessments that can be useful to either develop or improve your overhead squat.  

Here is what the overhead squat should look like when performed correctly 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn8mqlG0nkE

Major components to focus on when developing your overhead squat include ankle, hip, and thoracic mobility. Here are some ways to test and then improve your mobility in these areas.  

Ankle Mobility Assessment 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ljHAZT96XI

Ankle Mobility Drills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IikP_teeLkI

Hip Mobility Test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uI-ls-z01w

Hip Mobility Drills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=888Fod2Fcmo

Thoracic Mobility Test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGXZbmjvSAs

Thoracic Mobility Drills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wv670fHuG4

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