You may have done research on how much the average man or woman can squat, but I am guessing you do not know how much a gorilla can squat. Do you?

Have you ever wondered if gorillas are truly as strong as they look? There are many massive animals that are typically much stronger than humans. A sturdy core, robust muscle tissues, and a strong bone structure all contribute to great strength.

In this article, we will talk about how much gorillas can squat and the factors that contribute to their strength.

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A Gorilla Can Squat How Much?!

When we say gorilla squats, we are not talking about the lower body mobility workout that many people routinely move through. We truly are curious about how many pounds the average gorilla can squat.  Regardless of the source, every researcher agrees that gorillas are immensely stronger than humans.

Some research suggests that gorillas can lift between four and ten times more than humans. Other sources state that gorillas can lift roughly ten times their body weight.

Let’s break these numbers down.

The world-record for an unequipped squat by a human is 1,036 pounds. If gorillas are six times stronger than humans, some of these mammals would be able to squat over 6,000 pounds! If gorillas can lift ten times their bodyweight, a 400 pound gorilla could squat 4,000 pounds.

Regardless of which statistics you choose to trust, it is obvious that gorillas have extreme strength. No matter how many times a human could increase their maximum capacity, we are not physically capable of enduring weights as heavy as the gorillas could.

How Did Gorillas Get So Strong?

If you are like me, you are very curious about the factors that contribute to a gorillas’ strength. Why can they lift so much? What fuels their body?

Although we can learn a few tips from observing gorillas that may impact our bodies ability to strengthen, most of a gorilla's strength is a result of their physical structure and their bodies ability to process food for energy.

1. Physical Structure

One thing that we cannot mimic from a gorilla is their robust physical design. The total body mass, joints, and muscle complexes in gorillas is truly riveting. This physical structure allows these mammals to withstand heavy weights.

2. Eating Habits

Surprisingly, gorillas survive primarily off fruits and vegetables. The only animal-based products consumed by gorillas are bugs and ants. We could copy gorillas by embodying their primarily plant-based diet.

This activity in gorillas reveals that plant-based individuals can secure the adequate protein and nutrients they need to fully thrive. Although you could maintain the diet of a gorilla, you likely could not handle eating as much as they do on a daily basis. Gorillas consume almost ten times as much as humans do daily.

3. Daily Routines

Most of us wish that we could function as a gorilla while gaining intense muscular strength. Surprisingly, the daily routine of gorillas consists of eating and sleeping, on repeat.

After breakfast, gorillas look around for breakfast before taking a nap. After napping through the midday, gorillas search for food again. After eating their afternoon meal, gorillas fall asleep again. By resting and eating, gorillas somehow manage to keep their incredible strength.


Gorillas are massive animals. Although gorillas may only be four pounds when they are born, most get up to 400 pounds! Gorillas can vary in height from 4.5 feet to 5.9 feet tall. Although gorillas can come in different sizes, they are notoriously very large.

Unfortunately, we cannot experience “gorilla gains” by simply mocking the behaviors of gorillas. Gorillas have a complex physical structure that allows their body to retain muscle even though they are generally lazy throughout the day.

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