Brian Carroll | Week 3 Squat and a bump in the road

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I’m in the middle of another 3-week offseason training wave and this is how it will go:
Week 1 – squat triples with SSB, block pulls for deads (throughout), second-week doubles, and the final week of the 3-week wave will be singles. I have been (and will be) starting with floor press on bench day, then going to equipped bench in my SDP (following the same rep scheme as above squat/dl day) as I really work on dialing in the details I’ve missed over the years. All RPE will be 6-7 and no higher than 8 on week 3. *I will be adding in elbow and knee sleeves along with wrist wraps for this cycle.

It sucks but last week during the week then more recently, during training over the weekend, I didn’t feel well. It appears a few things caught up with me and it put training worth a crap on hold for another week. Just really run down. It happens.

I’ve logged the tooth extraction surgery that slowed me down a bit and then shortly after, I had some cysts removed from my torso (last Tuesday). If that wasn’t enough, I started to get sick as it’s been going around. Needless to say, I didn’t feel up to training much but here is what I got done anyway. Sucks to not be 25 anymore lol and recover.

Normal warm-up as outlined in 10/20/Life (customized for my day to day needs)

SSB squat

Belt pause squat: 3×10
One Leg GM: 3×10

Done. Left after Stan was finished squatting and went and took a 3hr nap. I should not have trained! I’ll revamp my next 3-week plan before Saturday and I’ll update all of you on what I’ll do. Likely, I’ll start this mini cycle over and re-run it.

Sucks, but life before training.. esp in the offseason!

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Brian Carroll
Brian has been a competitive powerlifter since 1999 when he broke into the sport with bench-only competitions. In 2004, within a year of his first full power meet, he finished second at the WPC Worlds in the open class as a junior – totaling 2000 pounds. Since then, Brian has recorded numerous top-two finishes including the XPC Finals, WPC Worlds, WPO Finals, APF Seniors and the IPA & SPF Pro-Am. Currently, Brian works full-time from 10/20/Life HQ and runs, and of course - home of some of the strongest and most diverse athletes you'll find anywhere. Brian is one of only a select few to ever hold a pro total in 3 different weight classes. He’s also one of only a handful of lifters to ever be ranked in the top 10 in 3 classes at the same time. He currently lifts at 242 and is currently ranked 1st in the world for his total of 2610. His current goal is to achieve a number 1 all-time total & squat in the 242 class and is coming off an overall win at the 2015 Arnold XPC Finals via 1065, 765, 780 - 2610tot. Best official lifts: 220 – 1030 Squat, 633 Bench, 755 Dead – 2375 TOT –10th alltime 242 – 1100 Squat, 785 Bench, 780 Dead – 2640 TOT — 2nd alltime 275 – 1185 Squat, 785 Bench, 800 Dead – 2730 TOT – 3rd alltime Brian has trained with Team Samson Powerlifiting of Jacksonville, FL for over 11 years now. Team Samson is the home of some of the top lifters in the nation. Mainstay training partners of Team Samson have been Adam Driggers (founder), Tony Garland, Jonathan Byrd and Clint Smith. Newer recruits are Keith Price, Filipe Gusmao, and Conrad Dove. They train in Adam Driggers’ Gym, which is made up of the best powerlifting equipment around, enabling them to train at the highest level possible. Brian is available for seminars, consults, programming, coaching, diet and supplement guidance. Contact him directly via email: