At the recent CrossFit Tour stop in Big Sky, Mont., Olympic-weightlifting coach Mike Burgener hosted a clinic and of course handed out some burpees.
In this clip, he helps Olivia Swant of CrossFit Billings with her overhead squat. To start, she does an overhead squat with a PVC pipe.
“Oh, God,” Burgener says.
First, he checks her stance, grip and position. Then he finds the limits of her range of motion. After that, Burgener has Swant stand with a PVC pipe overhead and begin to squat.
“Stop. Bring me the hips,” he repeats multiple times as she goes down further, inches at a time.
“One year from now, if I don’t have you doing that perfectly, I’m fired,” Burgener adds.
He then recommends Swant temporarily use the split snatch, as well as overhead lunges in place of overhead squats.
Burgener explains: “That is the overhead squat for the split until we get strong enough.”
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Additional reading: Additional reading: Burg’s Eye View No. 4 by Mike Burgener, published March 7, 2011.