Because of the rise of CrossFit, the overhead squat has become one of the more common exercises among those seeking functional strength. It is a lift that can humble even the most accomplished overhead presser and confound the most gifted squatter. The reason is that the heaviest demand is not in muscling the weight to the top position but in maintaining proper spinal positioning throughout. It places heavy demand on the muscles that line the spine as well as the deep muscles of your core. But don’t let that fool you – your delts and legs still have to carry their own weight, so to speak. Once you get all of these groups working synergistically, it’s not uncommon to see huge leaps in your one-rep maxes on overhead presses and squat variations and that means more muscle…everywhere.
Use these 9 tactics to steadily increase your poundages on this man-making move.