a friend of mine recently decided to come over and join us for a war with the iron. it was squat day. seeing as it was his first time, i had him hold only the bar to see how it felt. i put a box under him that i felt was sufficient for his height, and told him to sit on it. he said he couldn't. i didn't understand. we took all weights away from him and told him to sit again. he still had lots of trouble sitting on the box in a squat position. i took the box out from underneath him and observed his further attempts. the kid cannot squat at all. he does this funny turning in his heels thing and gets on his toes. he said he couldn't stop doing that. it would appear he is just extremely inflexible, i think. i had him do some step-ups and lunges. he could handle those. i never had any of these troubles when i started; so i don't know what's going on. do you guys know what muscle or muscles (heck, it could be all of them) would keep his heels turning in like that? or could it be due to something other than inflexibility? what sorts of movements should he do leading up to a squat? is it that some people's bodies just will not allow the movements?