Forums General Perfect overhead squat when heels elevated. Re: Perfect overhead squat when heels elevated.

AvatarKatie Hemphill

Yeah, it’s not often considered that having the heels raised can help bypass hip ROM issues as well to a degree. 

I don’t know if his approach to patterning the squat has changed since Athletic Body in Balance, but Gray Cook recommended using a heel-raised squat when beginning to pattern good squat movement for those unable to achieve the desired deep squat position without lots of compensation. In conjunction with this, the individual would be working on mobility, so the board is not simply being used as a crutch.