Originally Posted by WildVolley
When I was a sprinter, I don't recall anyone doing 2.5x bw, and one of my team mates made the Olympic trials in the 100 meters. One of my friends would do sets with about 2.5x bodyweight but he was a lunatic (though natural amateur bodybuilder) who would sometimes vomit blood after a particularly heavy set. It just seems quite rare to me (perhaps not elite) for any amateur athlete to squat 2.5x bw, except for power lifters and serious bodybuilders.
At that time, I could pull 2.5x my bodyweight with straps, but I was never good at the back squat.
It could be that I'm spoiled by being surrounded by strong individuals on a daily basis and am so close to 2.5xbw that I dont think it's a big deal, but in reality it could be a lot rarer than my exposure
Vomiting blood after a set does not sound good though, sure he was natural?