In light of the recent increase in the mention of overhead squats as a great total body exercise, combined with my concerns about the long term effects of heavy spinal loading over the course of a lifetime, I decided to give these babies a try.
I have, in my time, deadlifted 550 and squatted 635 at a weight of 215, and although not presently that strong, I can routinely throw around 415 (at a 200lb bodyweight) for unbelted reps in both without trouble. I am also a brown belt in brazilian jiu jitsu, and so, am pretty damned flexible. Obviously, though, not flexible and strong enough for this exercise.
I cannot get my ass to the floor with just the the bar overhead without coming onto my toes (regardless of whether I wear flat Chuck Taylors or lifted Nike cross trainers). I am pretty damned humbled by this, and so must conquer this exercise.
I need help.
For all of the articles and videos online, none of them address a way to work up to a properly performed, ass to the ground overhead squat. They just presume one has the strength and flexibility to do so…which obviously ain’t that easy to start with.
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.