This Summer I shall attempt to bunny hop to the top of the temple steps at “Wat Phra That Doi Suthep” in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The steps are very steep and extremely long. There are 309 steps, this combined with 36°C and oppressive humidity should make this task very challenging.
This mad nonsense will be posted to YouTube upon my return in August.
If you find yourself in Asia this summer why not give it a go or better still find a temple with even longer steps and beat me.
I’m sure a lot of my clients wonder why I make them do the overhead squat, so here it is in a nutshell.
MOBILITY AND STABILITY
If you suffer with any of the following:
A rigid thoracic spine that can’t extend. A weak core. Inflexible hips, knees, and ankles or pectorals that pull the shoulders and upper back forward.
Then doing overhead squats can help relieve these issues and make your body limber.
Most people sit hunched over a desk all day, this puts your torso into constant flexion, your shoulders and scapulae are pulled forward, making it uncomfortable when your arms are behind your head.
The overhead squat can help your body learn how to extend your thoracic spine. Putting your upper body into an extended position can improve the health of your spine and shoulders. It will correct your posture and improve all your lifts in the gym.
The overhead squat works your core hard because your torso is elongated, the tension in your deep inner-core muscles will be very intense.