[quote author="Brooke Burkhalter" date="1282636589"]What track athletes are squatting 3.5x BW, cleaning 2x BW, and benching 2x BW?
A decathlete like Bryan Clay would have to squat 297kg, clean 170 kg, and bench 170 kg. I don’t see that happening, does anyone else?
As Ato Boldon says, the 400 lbs. benches and 600 lbs. squats for sprinters are myths.
Bryan is not all that far off those numbers. He’s hit around 160-165kg clean and bench and 250kg parallel squat. All 3 very close to 2x/2x/3x BW. He’s also weighing closer to 80kg than 85 these days.
He’s got perfect proportions for lifting big weights, and is past “strong enough” but his best lifts put him awfully close to those numbers.
Other (taller) guys like Trey Hardee – do not do near the same # vs. body weight – but are taller, so get the “discount” I outlined.
I’d guess Walter Dix can put up some pretty big numbers.[/quote]
I was thinking as you say, Clay is the perfect example of someone who could be close to that. I would figure he was closest on clean and maybe bench and not real close on squat, basically as you outline.
Still Trey Hardee looks pretty strong in his videos, especially for 6’5.
“They” say Walter Dix hardly lifts weights.
Ato said he was the strongest of the HSI group at that time with a 320 bench. He and Mo both were 5’9 175-180 lbs.
What was Donovan Bailey doing, probably 140 clean at his absolute best, more likely around 130 and bench probably the same. From the videos I have seen he didn’t squat all that deep.
To me that’s all pretty strong, especially for guys who only lift 3x per week at most and to whom it is not a big priority.