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Old 11-07-2008, 12:11 PM   #1
Emily Mattes
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Default How do you get into position for overhead squats?

What do you do to get into position for overhead squats?

When I first did OHS heavy singles a week or so ago I raised the squat rack really high, locked out my arms and lifted the bar off that way. It was pretty precarious and definitely not ideal.

I got the suggestion to load the bar behind my head, get into snatch grip, and then just push press or jerk the weight from there. I was no longer flirting with death from above, but my max probably dropped about 10 kilos. I think it's more coordination than strength, as I had trouble getting 45kg up there, my max jerk is 55kg, and theoretically push pressing or jerking with a snatch grip should be easier than with a clean grip.

Snatching isn't really an option, as my max snatch is about 20 kilos less than my max OHS.

What should I do? Stick with the second method, and use it as an opportunity to build up my coordination?
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:19 PM   #2
Arden Cogar Jr.
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Personally, I push jerk the bar into position from a snatch grip behind the neck.

Would you be able to do dead stop OHS from a rack? In other words, does your gym have a power rack? Can you set the pins about chest high, then get into position under the bar and raise the bar from the bottom position?

One limiting factor is the grip on the bar and the width of the rack. It's for tha reason, I prefer to use my jerk boxes. I made mine up to 51" which is perfect for me to dead stop bottom positions OHS.

Hope that helps?

All the best,
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:44 PM   #3
Jacob Rowell
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I take it out the rack, already behind the neck. Set a snatch grip and push press. Works fairly well, and I believe that's how greg did it in the recent OHS video.
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