In the video below the Chinese weightlifter Lu Xiaojun performs heavy 260 kg / 572 lbs paused high-bar squats. He is an Olympic champion and three time world champion. As well, he is the current world and Olympic record holder for both the snatch and the total in the 77 kg category. His world records are 176 kg (388 lb) in the snatch and 380 kg (840 lb) total. He utilizes the squat jerk technique instead of the typical split jerk.
Note: The goal of the paused squat is to kill the stretch reflex at the bottom of the squat and remove the so-called ‘bounce’ element at the bottom. This technique develops supreme starting strength and tests the legs even further. Most likely Lu Xiaojun is doing the exercise this way to strengthen his squat jerk.
FAQ: Q: Is Lu Xiaojun on steroids?
A: Of course he is. Every professional athlete is on steroids and other performance enhancing drugs (PED). It would be quite naive to believe that the guys at the highest level do not use anabolic steroids.
Many of you will probably say something like: “But he weights only 77 kg/170 lbs!” This only goes to show you that you don’t need to be the size of Ronnie Coleman to be on steroids. Lu Xiaojun trains for strength and has to keep his weight low for the weight class he is in. Therefore, he is not bigger. He doesn’t need to be.
Notice the supreme quality of his mass.
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source: MILO®: A Journal for Serious Strength Athletes;