NASM Overhead Squat


Complete Breakdown

Do not do an overhead squat analysis on a client (OHSA). In my 20-years of training and gym ownership, i've never had a client do an OHSA because i've never had a client come into my gym and say, “Hey belt buckle trainer, I really want to become great at performing an unloaded squat with my hands overhead!” The principle of specificity is one of the 5-variables within programming that most trainers lack an understanding (the other four are overload, individuality, stress management and variation.) So if you want to get better at squatting overhead OR need to pass the 7th edition NASM – CPT, here's what you need to know about the Overhead Squat Analysis.

NASM Overhead Squat


The following information is from the 7th edition of NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training textbook (DO NOT GET THIS BOOK, it's absolutely terrible). Here's what you need to memorize to pass the 7th edition in regards to the OHSA:

  • The five kinetic chain checkpoints are: ankle, knees, Lumbo-pelvic-hip complex (LPHC), Shoulders and Head.

  • Three distortion patterns (that have been debunked) are: Pes Planus Syndrome, Lower Crossed Syndrome and Upper Crossed Syndrome.

Here is a video that Act7ve and I did at our San Diego / La Jolla gym.

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2 responses to “NASM Overhead Squat Assessment Complete Breakdown”

  1. Carol M Avatar
    Carol M

    Best way to pass NASM!

  2. Darell Evans Avatar
    Darell Evans

    Thanks to Show Up Fitness, I got my nasm refund, got SUF-CPT, and now training at a gym! Saved a boat load of money and now training!

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