[quote]Nick Radonjic wrote:
He was also on steroids. Not taking anything away from him, though, because it’s still impressive.
If you don’t want to take anything away, then why mention it? We all know what the elite guys are on.
To the original poster: where did you hear those numbers? None of them sound right at all. The most BJ ever lifted according to his coach is 2 sets of 6 reps at 600lbs to parallel (what the other guy said, but he did it for 2 sets).
Maurice Greene squatted a bit over 500lbs and Linford Christie supposedly did circa-700lbs.
From what I’ve heard from someone who watched Gatlin squatting a couple years ago, he was doing below parallel squats ~6 reps with 385-415.
Let’s assume you’re right that he did 2 x 6 at 600 lbs. What do you think his 1RM would be? Please keep in mind he only weighed 170. Anyway you cut it, it is impressive. I really do not think that steroids really had that much to do with his strength and speed. I also agree with the other poster that virtually all of teh competitors used some form of steroid or another. Ben only got caught.
ben was a freak, any way you cut, he would have been amazingly fast and strong without steroids, in fact he was fast and strong without them. but to say that steroids really didnt have much to do with his strength and speed is understated, as i think that it really took him to the next level. just my opinion though.