Verbal Cueing on the Overhead Squat with E.C. Synkowski


Ready and squat. And stand. And interestingly, he changes his movement a little bit. And squat. So he knows what’s coming, I guess. And stand. Let’s do one more. And squat. And stand. OK, so you’re just gonna tell us the cue. You’re not gonna tell us what you think is wrong. You went for two, let’s start with one. From that triaging perspective we often see a lot going wrong, from an athlete perspective, just let them work on one thing at a time. What’s that first one you wanna do? OK, big chest up. And down. And up. Let’s try that again. And down, you’re thinking big chest, Jimmy. And up. Good. Let’s try that one more time ’cause you lost balance on that one. And up. Now, what were you trying to correct there, Brandon? What do you think was the fault? Do you think the midline was rounding or do you think it was immature? What do you mean by compromised? Let’s be specific. Was it a safety thing or was it just an efficiency thing? Efficiency. OK, yeah, I agree. He wasn’t actually rounding through his spin, he was in a safe position but he had more of that immature squat. Meaning he was leaning a little bit more forward. Did his torso get more vertical when you said big chest? Yeah, so you gotta get in there right away and say yeah, better Jimmy, nice job. I actually pulled in Jimmy for another reason, let’s go ahead and put the bar overhead. We’re gonna see if you still do it on this one. Come on over here, Brandon. I want to talk to you without him necessarily overhearing. I want you to watch that pressure in the feet. Where is he now? What are you seeing? So what’s happening is, he starts to come forward on the balls of his feet. And Jimmy’s a little bit tough as an athlete to see that. Go ahead and stand Jimmy. He’s one of these guys, he’s like going back, gotcha. So he starts with the weight going back, then he starts to drift forward in the feet. So what I was trying to point out to Brandon is if you watched his feet once he gets to full depth the weight’s toward the toes. Let’s try to think of some verbal cues to try to fix that, Brandon. Heels. Where’s your heels? Root the heels or maybe stay back on the heels. Let’s try that. OK, Jimmy so when you’re squatting Really stay back. and from a coaching perspective you want to make sure, keep going Jimmy that we really have pressure through the heels as he gets to that range of motion That’s difficult for him. Let’s try that again. That was better, same or worse? He fell, but it was better. Here we go. You’re gonna think root through the heels, stay back in the heels. And stand. And that is better. He’s still drifting forward a little bit. Let’s think of another verbal cue that you could use. Instead of just the heels. What’s something else in this system that was affecting that? OK, maybe the toes. What’s another one? I showed you kind of a demo oh yeah, hips back. Who said that? Was that you Jose? Hips back. Alright so from the top of the squat, Jimmy call it for me. What are you gonna tell him? Hips back. yeah, really send those hips back, Jimmy. And that’s that motion that we want to see. And then staying back. That’s a great job, even though he starts rounding out his back That line of action is way better. Awesome.

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