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Old 05-13-2009, 08:52 PM   #1
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Form issues with overhead squats

I'm having trouble doing overhead squats, particularly keeping my heels on the ground. I squat barefoot if that makes a difference. After I hit that parallel line with my hamstring, my heels just want to raise up, I've gotten them to stay down a few times, but it seems borderline impossible.

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Old 05-13-2009, 09:01 PM   #2
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Try putting your heels on top of 2.5 or 5 lb plates.

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Old 05-13-2009, 09:02 PM   #3
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Could it be that the bar is literally over your head, rather than over your centre of gravity (around midfoot) ?

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Old 05-13-2009, 09:03 PM   #4
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Could it be that the bar is literally over your head, rather than over your centre of gravity (around midfoot) ?
this was my problem - i had to work hard to get the shoulders flexible enough, but once that happned my OHsquats took off

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Old 05-13-2009, 09:27 PM   #5
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Could it be that the bar is literally over your head, rather than over your centre of gravity (around midfoot) ?
That may be it, I'll remember that next time I OHS. Thanks.

@Klotz, I'll try that as well, I have a few 5lbs sitting around.

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Old 05-13-2009, 09:37 PM   #6
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Not to sound like a jerk, but you should also try searching. There are several good threads about overhead squat problems. I've started at least one myself.

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Old 05-13-2009, 09:45 PM   #7
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I've heard curling your toes under suggested as a way to encourage one to keep the weight on one's heels. The tip was for deadlifts, though.

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Old 05-13-2009, 10:48 PM   #8
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^I think you mean raising them?

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Old 05-13-2009, 10:56 PM   #9
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yeah, please don't curl your toes under your feet while deadlifting or overhead squatting. if you do, take a video

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http://www.marunde-muscle.com/fitnes..._deadlift.html

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Also, to keep the weight back over the heels, try curling your toes down in your shoes at the moment of push off.
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