Overhead Squats are Harder than Diamonds!

November 24, 2017

The overhead squat is worthless. Worthless except for the weaknesses that the movement exposes in leg strength, midline stability, and shoulder and thoracic mobility. Oh, all that and it is an integral supporting lift for the snatch.


It is one lift that constantly harangues many CrossFitters and weightlifters with failure after failure. If like them, your elbows collapse, knees come forward, feet go up on your toes, and/or it feels like your back muscles are about to snap, then that overhead squat metcon will be the one you will continue to avoid.


So, why aren’t people always focusing on this singular movement and effortlessly working their way through the barriers their body has presented to them for doing the worlds most flawless overhead squat? Because it takes a direct, deliberate, daily focus on particular causes, and most don’t even know where to start. If you think you can self-identify all those issues and set forth a physical therapy program that will have you vastly improved within the next 12 week, by all means, go forth and prosper. Most likely you are a master of the PT universe like our very own Jason Ward.


The 12 Week Overhead Squat Challenge is not a seminar. It is not a group of people sitting together and listening to an expert speak about the ins and outs of mobility. It is not throwing a ton of excellent but undirected information about physical therapy at you and hoping that you will leave the day knowing exactly what to do, how to do it, and when it should be done. No, this Challenge is much, much more.


What does the Challenge look like?


There are currently less than 20 seats available for this Challenge. These are very limited due to the 1-1 time with Jason and the quality program we would like to provide.


Prior to December 2nd:

  • A 30-minute appointment will be scheduled
  • Survey will be received and sent back to provide Jason with your history of injuries       and issues

  • On December 2nd, you will get:

  • Initial 30 minute session to identify key areas to focus on
  • Demonstration and review of a specific set of exercises a.k.a "your prescription”
  • Overview of time requirements to commit to your prescription each day
  • Initial pictures taken for recording progress through the 12 weeks
  • Check-ins set with Jason Ward (frequency depends on Scaled, Rx, RX+)
  • Access provided to Facebook group

  • The 12 weeks of the challenge after the initial individual assessment, measurement, education, and  movement prep exercises for your specific limitations/weaknesses on December 2nd differ depending on your choice of Scaled, RX, or RX+


    In the scaled program, here’s what you’ll get:


  • Initial Assessment and Measurement (Day 1)
  • Reassessment and Re-measurement (12 weeks later)


  • In the RX program at regular intervals through the 12-week program, you’ll receive additional personalized reassessment and progression of your movement program, and you’ll receive re-measurement at the end of the 12th week, in addition to personalized education on how to maintain your progress once you’ve achieved your improved overhead squat ability.


    In summary, here’s what you’ll get:


  • Initial Assessment and Measurement (Day 1)
  • Reassessment and personalized exercise progression 1 (1 week later)  
  • Reassessment and personalized exercise progression 2 (at week 4)  
  • Reassessment and personalized exercise progression 3 (at week 8)  
  • Reassessment, re-measurement, and personalized education for maintenance           (at week 12)

  • In the RX+ program you’ll receive all the personalized assessment, education, measurement, and re-measurement components of the Rx program PLUS two, 30-minute sessions per week with Jason, consisting of hands-on mobilization/instruction targeted to your limitations to maximize your improvement.

    A quick note from your coaches: We cannot emphasize enough the value of these twice-weekly sessions with Jason, which will ensure you’re performing your assigned exercises correctly and progressing through the program as you move through it.

    So, you’ll get all this:

  • Initial Assessment and Measurement (Day 1)
  • Reassessment and personalized exercise progression 1 (1 week later)  
  • Reassessment and personalized exercise progression 2 (at week 4)  
  • Reassessment and personalized exercise progression 3 (at week 8)  
  • Reassessment, re-measurement and personalized education for maintenance           (at week 12)
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    PLUS

  • Two, 30-minute sessions per week with hands-on mobilization/instruction 


  • Without exception, everyone can benefit from having a Physical therapist take a very deliberate approach to improving their body’s range of motion and ability to perform optimally. If you have any of the issues mentioned above and are still wondering if you should sign up, we can answer that for you: YES. If you need help choosing which option is best for you, click the “Reach Out To Jason” below and he will get back to you ASAP.

    Sign up today while there are still spaces and start improving your body today!




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