Athletes must be able to move with complete body control. Learning to squat correctly is a prime example of what we mean.
If, to achieve proper hip depth in a squat, you must drop your chest towards the floor, you’re essentially shutting off your athleticism. Think about how often sports require you to “Get Low” – AKA squat. If you lose control of your upper body when dropping hip level (which is paramount in most any athletic movement in any sport), you’ve essentially shut down your next move. Eyes are in the dirt, momentum is into the ground which eliminates subsequent lateral movement, you’re off balance, and you cannot apply any motion or strength with the upper body. BUT, if you keep that chest proud, thoracic (upper) spine stable, and lumbar curve intact, you retain all the mobility of an athlete. You can move in any direction and still use your arms.
Knowing this, it behooves us to teach such full-body control to all of our athletes. The overhead squat is the PERFECT way to do so. Using only a PVC pipe, the overhead squat requires the athlete to develop shoulder mobility and stability, extreme core strength, and forces a disassociation of the lower and upper body, while still creating maximum hip and ankle range of motion by performing the perfect squat.
It doesn’t always take heavy weights and powerful movements to build better athletes!