Great advice from Dr. Peter Attia and Dr. Jordan Peterson
Dan John and Tim Anderson - October 2023

The Zercher Squat

The Zercher Squat (ZS) is probably one of the most hated squat variations there are. It is uncomfortable to do, difficult to set up for if you don't have a power rack, and downright miserable if you go too heavy. All that aside, it's an amazing addition to any  squat program!

Take a look at the following video to see the "classic" setup, i.e., without a power rack, as well as a couple reps.

The Zercher Squat will take some time to get used too, but the effort is worth the benefits you will reap from it. NOTE: if you look closely you will see that the Zercher Squat closely resembles the kettlebell Goblet Squat. If it doesn't, you might want to work on it a little more!


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