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Overhead Squat: Total Body Profile

As a personal trainer, your ongoing quest for the "perfect program" never ends. This is the third part of a three-part series on how to build a foundation for your program design. Before we can discuss what acute variables your client should start with (sets, reps, tempo, and rest periods), we must first start with an understanding of what condition our client is starting with. Since the "typical" client of today is much different from the "typical" client of 30-40 years ago, their program design must be altered to fit their environment.

In our previous two articles on Postural Profile and Flexibility Profile, we discussed what to look for in static posture as well as multiple flexibility assessments to help determine your client’s muscular imbalances for appropriate program design. In this article we will use a very simple exercise that will take the information that we gained from the previous two profiles and bring them to life.

The objective of this exercise is to test total kinetic-chain neuromuscular efficiency, integrated-functional strength and dynamic flexibility. To begin the exercise


*Remember: Do not try to micro-assess each particular joint - leave that for the professionals. Try to take in the entire picture when watching your client’s movement patterns. If you do not see something happen, then move on to the next step.

By utilizing your client’s static and dynamic posture, flexibility profiles and a movement such as the overhead squat, this will enable you, the trainer to create a true individualized training program for your client.

Click here for the Overhead Squat Profile Form.