The Third World Squat

Where You’re From Matters

When it comes to training someone who’s new to the world of squats, deadlifts, and the fine art of picking up heavy stuff, I’ve found a substantial disparity in the learning curve between North Americans and those from third-world countries.

In most cases, the guy who only wears shoes when somebody makes him is going to be pulling deadlifts from the floor and squatting like a pro. While the college kid from San Diego is still working his way down on rack pulls and making a monumental effort to even hit parallel in the squat. There are a variety of possible reasons for this, but there’s one dominant variable that’s a great predictor of a trainee’s immediate potential before they even step foot in the gym: The third-world squat.