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

Brian is a world-class powerlifter with over two decades of elite and pro-level powerlifting under his belt. Coming back from a devastating back injury in 2012 that broke multiple bones and that most experts said he would never recover from, he has returned to the pinnacle of world-class lifting (while 100% pain and symptom-free) and is now dedicated to helping others avoid the same mistakes that he made in the past through private and group coaching in Jacksonville, FL. Brian’s impressive recovery has given him the opportunity to teach and deliver talks to physical therapists, chiropractors, medical doctors, professional strength & conditioning coaches and experts from all facets of sport, on how to avoid injury, while building anti-fragile strength and resilience in athletes.
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