21 Overhead Squats (95#/65#)
21 Box Jumps (24″/20″)
15 Overhead Squats (95#/65#)
15 Box Jumps (24″/20″)
9 Overhead Squats (95#/65#)
9 Box Jumps (24″/20″)
Jenna in her 9th month of pregnancy ROCKING an overhead squat:
(yes she is scaled; at least for her!)
Overhead squats. For many it’s the bane of their existence come WOD time. Many dread it, hate it or fear it. Some like them. Few love them. I happen to be one of the few. Lucky you.
The overhead squat is absolutely effective as a barbell movement and very challenging to master. It develops strength, balance, flexibility and accuracy to hold a heavy load and drop into the full squat and stand back up. It fires muscles throughout your legs, midline and shoulders. It requires concentration and determination to not lose it or dump it and bail at the first sign of getting shaky.
Of the many things we coach in the OHS the primary areas we cue are: shoulder and knee position and tight abs/breathing. Think “tight abs/hold your breath”, “armpits forward and shoulders up” and “knees out”. Master those at light weight, improve your flexibility and you will learn to love them as much as me.
By the way, who liked the PVC warm-up by Coach Mark today? I enjoyed watching the 7pm class lunging back down the alley in the dark as they all looked like Zombies in the “Night of the Living Dead”. Very amusing.
Nutrition and Performance Challenge:
Who’s fallen off the wagon? The “Stop the Slop” wagon that is? Noticeably less food logs have been turned in or logged and it seems many have boarded the grain train back to inflammation-ville! We hope we are wrong and you all are merely choosing to stick to a Paleo plan in solitude. For those who are still with it keep it up and let’s get serious until 2/19 when the results will be in and the winners are crowned.
CrossFit Games 2011:
Cathy says “hi” while Rona shows off a solid OHS: