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.