Saturday, 7/18
July 17, 2015
Sunday, 7/19
July 18, 2015
Overhead Squat Progression


Mobility (10-12min )
Athletes are encouraged work through the following combination of mobility exercises to help them prepare for this week’s Open Gym progression:

  1. 3-4min Upper Back & Thoracic Spine Rolling
    WATCH THIS VIDEO from Train Heroic on rolling out the upper back with a foam roller and lacrosse ball
  2. 3-4min Band Assisted Bully Stretch
    WATCH THIS VIDEO from KStar/Mobility WOD on using a resistance band to help loosen up internal rotation of the shoulder (as well as neck tension)
  3. 3-4min Single Leg Flexion with External Rotation
    WATCH THIS VIDEO from KStarr/Mobility WOD on getting opening up the hip capsule by rolling the foot onto the side in the single leg flexion


Overhead Squat (“OHS”) Progression (15-20min practice)
Start at Step 1, and work as far through the following steps as possible.

Step 1 = 15 OHS w/ PVC Pipe to MedBall
– perform an OHS holding a PVC and squatting down to a medball
do not progress unless all reps are below parallel AND the PVC remains overhead

Step 2 = 10 OHS w/ PVC against the wall
– place a two 2.5lb change plates against the base of the wall, no wider than shoulder width, and then perform an OHS with your toes touching the outer edge of the plates
– do not progress unless all reps are below parallel AND the PVC does not make contact with the wall

Step 3 = 10 OHS w/ Barbell to MedBall (M @ 45lb bar, W @ 33lb bar)
– do not progress unless all reps are below parallel AND the bar remains overhead

Step 4 = 5 x 1 OHS to Snatch Squat Press  w/ Barbell
– perform an OHS with the bar, hold at the bottom, lower the bar to the shoulders, press the bar back up overhead, and then stand up with the bar in the overhead position
– do not progress unless all reps are below parallel and the arms completely lock out while in the squat position

Step 5 = 3 reps for max weight of Snatch Squat Press (AKA Press in Snatch, Snatch Sotts Press)
– with the bar on your back and a snatch grip on the bar, squat down, and then, without bouncing, press the bar into the overhead position for 3 reps, performing an OHS to stand up on the last rep.
– add weight as able

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