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The overhead squat: a whole-body challenge

With the New Year upon us, many people make resolutions to get themselves back into shape. Unfortunately, many of these resolutions fall by the wayside, since they are too complex and cumbersome to maintain for the long haul.

Choosing resistance-type exercises that challenge the whole body is not only time efficient, but also effective to increase the metabolic rate – calorie burning potential. One such exercise is the overhead squat.

Overhead Squat: Wall or Chair Against Wall & Light Resistance Tubing

Using a light resistance rubber tube, attach the tube to a fixed object at knee height across from you. Face the anchor and grab both ends of the tube – which is stretched out.  Arms at side of the body. Assume a quarter wall squat (static hold) position against a wall. Spread the feet shoulder width apart. While in the quarter squat position raise the tube to an overhead “Y” position. Return to the arms to the starting position at your and repeat 5-10 times, while holding the quarter squat position.

You can also perform a dynamic movement by placing a chair against the wall. This time, as you squat and touch the butt to the chair, raise the arms overhead. Return to start and repeat 5-10 times.

Advanced Overhead Squat: Light Resistance Tubing

Perform the same dynamic movement without the use of the chair or wall.

Remember, you should always consult your physician before beginning any exercise, diet, or nutritional supplementation program.

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