Deep overhead squat behind neck press (the back of steel)


Gil Stevenson

This advanced assistance exercise might be known by a number of different names, such as the deep overhead squat and behind neck press. However, the author’s favourite was coined by a group of rugby players to whom it was recently introduced. Their kinaesthetic feed backled them to christen it the ‘Back of Steel’ exercise. Anecdotally used by weightlifters to strengthen the back, Strength and Conditioning coaches might like to consider the purposes to which this exercise might beused in the development of postural strength in athletes from various sports, and how useful it might be as a ‘tool in their toolbox’.

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