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Overhead Squats Good?


#1

any reason a 46 ur old should do these??any benefits for me??do tell


#2

I don't think maraudermeat or PeteS do them and they seem to be getting strong enough without.

They will make your shoulder girdle stronger in a certain way and work a lot of stabilizers, but whether you need that would depend on your goals/requirements I would think.


#3

IMO, if you wanna squat..then squat. if you want to overhead press then do that. squats are already hard enough without trying to hold the weight overhead at arm's length.


#4

If you're asking whether age stops someone from a certain exercise, then no. BTW, I don't consider 46 old (I'm 55).


#5

I do them allot
more as an activation exercise
and diagnostic test then anything else

very quickly I find out if I can hold an arch
if my ankles, knees, and hips are warm enough
too tight - loose etc.

they are a great gauge as to where I am that day,
if I need to do more mobility work, or am I too banged up
from other training


#6

i love them for mobility. doing them properly involves good mobility of the ankles, hips, thoracic spine, and shoulders. they are kind of a diagnostic test for me, too, in the sense that if they don't feel smooth and controlled i know i need to work on whatever is restricting my movement. i also find them good for activation (glutes in particular)


#7

i do them to help with mobility and because I'm teaching myself the snatch.


#8

thanks for responses