Artem Okulov - Time Index Ratios
Artem Okulov 240k Back Squat

The above video shows Artem Okulov doing 240k x 2 in the back squat with an average time standing up of 1.2 seconds. This would be equal to 245k x 1 in 1.2 seconds and 235k x 1 in 1 second and a 202k clean & jerk equivalent.
Artem Okulov 215k Clean & Jerk

The above photo shows Okulov doing a 215k clean & jerk, which would be equivalent to 250k back squat in 1 second.

Artem Okulov 290k Back Squat

The above video shows Okulov doing a 290k back squat single in 1.53 seconds. This would be equal to 263k in 1 second, which would be equivalent to a 226k clean & jerk. This would be 11k more than his best effort, as far as I am aware.

If he were to train his muscles to move slower with heavier weights he could back squat considerably more than 290k, but this would defeat the purpose of the back squat as far as using that lift as an assistance lift for the velocity training for the snatch and clean & jerk. The methodology for European lifters is to try not to exceed loads that create too much deceleration. Anything over 1.5 seconds will cause too much deceleration and it will become less beneficial to the weightlifter. This would include the front squat also.

It should also be noted that Okulov’s time in motion for the clean is .67 seconds to full extension and .33 seconds in the 3rd pull or receiving the weight. Comparable to most lifters. There is not much difference in these times among lifters of equal athletic ability, the challenge, and the reason for training, is to maintain these times as the weight increases.