One of the Nine Fundamental Movements of CrossFit, the overhead squat is regarded as the “ultimate core exercise” by Gregg Glassman. It requires the upper body to stay more upright than when performing a front or a back squat, working with it your ankles, shoulders and, above all, your core.
The overhead squat will train your strength, stability, midline control and balance. Your core prevents you from falling forward, back, or getting crushed when you load your back with a heavy barbell. By keeping a weight overhead, you shift your centre of gravity upwards, forcing your core to work hard to stabilise you.
Balance is a great skill to have in life, so even if you don’t go around performing overhead squats, this exercise will aid your day-to-day life. An overhead squat also develops the squat by amplifying and cruelly punishing faults in posture, movement, and stability.
Because an overhead squat requires you to elongate your torso, your inner-core muscles will be under incredible tension.
Try out these overhead squat workouts to improve your abs and get the benefits that come with them.
2016 GRANITE GAMES INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIER WOD #4
5-10-15-20-15-10-5 reps of
Overhead squats (115/75lb)
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