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How do I improve my shoulder stability in the overhead squat?

July 12, 2022

The overhead squat is challenging, to put it lightly. It requires both strength and mobility in abundance. It is essential to the sport of weightlifting as the receiving position for the snatch and is commonly seen as a workout element in CrossFit boxes. It is an excellent tool for developing a multitude of physical skills and will quickly highlight any flaws in one’s athletic abilities.

Many athletes struggle with this lift for a variety of reasons. Overhead squat performance can be impacted by ankle mobility, thoracic mobility, core strength, shoulder mobility, and shoulder stability among other things. If you feel your limiting factor is shoulder stability, try adding these exercises into your warm-up or accessory work to help maintain a solid position with the barbell overhead.

Overhead Squat: Shoulder Stability Exercises


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