Brian Carroll Week 1, day 1 – Squat/DL day

Brian Carroll Equipped Powerlifting, Team Training Logs

I’m back from a fantastic vacation in NC. I ate some really great food, had a full week completely checked out from work and got to spend quality time with my Wife Ria and the boys.

Anyway, back in the swing of things. Starting this mini-cycle off with 3’s, and will taper down to 2’s and 1’s. Check it out:

Normal warm-up:
a. Band flye
b. McGill big 3
c. Band squat
d. Empty bar

SSB squats, RAW with sleeves – RPE 6-7
top set of 485×3

2″ block pull – RPE 7
top set of 500×3

Belt pause squat: 4×10
Bottoms up carry: 4×50 yards each hand
Stir the pot: 50

Good day back.

Clint Smith and I are on the same training schedule right now and putting in some good quality work. This was the first day I’ve squatted/pulled in about 3 weeks and I could tell, though it wasn’t bad. I’ve posted about the obstacles I’ve dealt with. Trivial, and some self-inflicted. Probably just about all of them. Most of our obstacles are in some way our own doing. I feel the quicker one realizes this, the better the life trajectory.

For the record, I loathe the SSB bar. I always have. BUT, we do what we suck at and attack our weak-points, right? Training won’t always be fun, it’s work.

The key after a little bit of a layoff or some setbacks is having your mind right, expect it to feel off and prepare for the worst. I think as lifters we get spoiled with so many good days that we start to expect every day to be ideal. This is not realistic.

I’m glad to be back to training.

Thanks for tuning in.

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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: