In what world do you live in?
He is not a lifter, he is a competitive athlete who lifts 2-3 days a week, runs track 2-3 days a week and does technique work. He also lifts seriously only during the off-season. So around 7-8 months per year.
I’ll give you that the bench press is ok, at best. But a 355lbs POWER clean is FAR from being “not very impressive” at under 200lbs. How many guys who are 180-185 do you know who can power clean 355? And common, 550 x 7 on the high bar back squat would mean around a 650lbs 1RM… we don’t go below 3 reps on the squat because the load is not worth the risk for him as an athlete.
He also just front squatted 455 and deadlifted 615 x 3 (which would equate to a 1RM of around 650-660 too) here also we don’t go below 3 reps for safety reasons… and don’t forget that we are talking about someone who doesn’t exclusively train wiht weights, but also runs track and do technique work. He ran a 3.58 / 30m for example. Also since he is a carded athlete in Canada, he can get randomly tested at any time so steroids and other drugs are out of the quesiton.
And let’s look at it objectively. The Canadian national powerlifting (IPF affiliated) record in the 83kg class for the squat is 275kg (605lbs), which he could easily get (he did 550 x 7, high bar).
The Canadian national powerlifting deadlifting record in the 83kg class is 715lbs… he is a bit further (40-50lbs realistically), but that is still 91% of the national record, while not training that lift more than 4 weeks out of 24 (we do deadlifts only when we don’t train the power clean).
The 355lbs power clean is likely among the top 5, maybe 3 in the nation (Canada) at a bodyweight of around 182-185 including olympic lifters.
The bench press is the only lift where he is not super high (355 is still solid)… BTW the 355 is a CLOSE GRIP bench press (that’s what they use for testing at bobsleigh Canada). But we don’t push it super high, there is not point in him benching more than that for his sport and since he has a small structure it would be idiotic to risk a shoulder injury.
I think we get desensitized by big lifts on social medias. But they are done by specialists (powerlifters, olympic lifters, strongmen) or big lifters using steroids. It warps our perception of what a solid lift is.