170lb PR RAW Total PR (640 dead at 198lb) by Dean Guedo!

By: Brian Carroll

I started working with Dean about 20 weeks ago, and knew he had high expectations. So what did we do? We both raised the bar with our approach and dedication. Using the 10/20/Life principals, I put together a 10 week offseason program that suited his life at the time (traveling a lot) but at the same time, attacked his weak-points and kept him consistent.

Once the final 10 weeks came around aka the precontest phase, Dean was ready to carry the momentum forward, continue getting stronger and peak JUST at the right time with over 170lb PR total in a RAW meet at 198lb!

Dean has also dealt with back issues in the past, so this was something we had to work around. I prescribed him the Mcgill Big 3, as well as other specialized work to keep his back healthy and it apparently worked well.

Needless to say, I’m very proud of Dean. A 640 dead at 198 raw is HUGE and so is his 1500+ total.


“This past year I hired Brian with the goal of starting the steps to become an elite level lifter. I had just finished my football career, and my goal was to compete at 198 raw, win GPC Nationals and total over 1500.
My best raw lifts before Brian were 425 squat, 320 bench, 605 deadlift. BUT ALL ONLY gym lifts.

After a 10 week offseason cycle to address my weak-points (as shown in his book 10/20/Life) we moved on to a 10 week precontest cycle where peaked perfectly! I went on to squat 539, bench 358, and deadlift 639. I went 6/8 leaving some weight on platform on a day where I could’ve done EVEN better. This earned me 1st place at 198, Canadian record total (1536) and a Canadian record deadlift (611, 639).

Needless to say Brian helped me achieve all my goals. His programming was easy to follow and effective. It is not all flash like some other programs; it was smart training and it works.

Brian: “You have helped me immensely and your training system is so easy! I followed your book “Cutting Weight” to a “T” and came down from 215 to 198 without too much difficulty I have used it to help some of my close friends who lift with me and they are just normal dudes and they are seeing amazing results lifting for 3 days a week. It’s INSANE!” -Dean Guedo



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Brian Carroll

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Brian is a retired world-class powerlifter with over two decades of world-class powerlifting. From 1999 to 2020, Brian Carroll was a competitive powerlifter, one of the most accomplished lifters in the sport's history. Brian started off competing in bench press competitions 'raw,' then, shortly into the journey, he gravitated toward equipped lifting as there were no "raw" categories then. You only had to choose from single-ply (USPF) and Multi-ply (APF/WPC). Brian went on to total 2730 at 275 and 2651 at 242 with more than ten times his body weight in three different classes (220, 242, 275), and both bench pressed and deadlifted over 800 pounds in two other weight classes. He's totaled 2600 over 20 times in 2 different weight classes in his career. With 60 squats of 1000lbs or more officially, this is the most in powerlifting history, regardless of weight class or federation, by anyone not named David Hoff. Brian realized many ups and downs during his 20+ years competing. After ten years of high-level powerlifting competition and an all-time World Record squat at 220 with 1030, in 2009, Brian was competing for a Police academy scholarship. On a hot and humid July morning, Brian, hurdling over a barricade at 275lbs, landed on, fell, and hurt his back. After years of back pain and failed therapy, Brian met with world-renowned back specialist Prof McGill in 2013, which changed his trajectory more than he could have imagined. In 2017, Brian Carroll and Prof McGill authored the best-selling book about Brian's triumphant comeback to powerlifting in Gift of Injury. Most recently (10.3.20) -Brian set the highest squat of all time (regardless of weight class) with 1306 lbs – being the first man to break the 1300lb squat barrier at a bodyweight of 303 lbs.
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