About this course
This workshop covers the essential movements and positions necessary to attain a healthy squat and reduce the possibility of injury when you are loading the squat.
When we start talking about making changes to the way we move, we want to consider a baseline to start with. We want to know what we already have before we add, subtract, or make changes.
We'll start by self assessing our overhead squat movement pattern.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointed forward. Take a broom handle or long dowel and hold it above your head, with your elbows bent at 90. Push it straight overhead until your elbows are locked.
Are you able to attain this position? Do your shoulders allow your elbows to lock out? Do they allow your arms to go next to your ears or behind your head? Is there any pain with this position?
Our thoracic spine needs to extend enough to allow the back to be tall. This allows you to sit back in your squat, keeping your trunk parallel to your shins.