Arnold 2022 Trip with the PRS Crew – Brian Carroll

About two weeks ago, we packed up the expedition and took about a 12hr drive to Columbus, Ohio, to see some lifting, catch up with some other friends and have my training partners experience the Arnold for the first time, which was very cool.  Shane, Steve, Dave have never been during the Arnold weekend. We tried in 2020, but the weekend was canceled right before they were to take their flights. I’m sure you all remember two years ago!

I wanted to take care of my training partners and introduce them to some of my friends who have mentored me and motivated me along the way, as part of a thank you for the help going into, and to the meet in TN where I did my last meet. I wanted to show as much appreciation as possible and kind of celebrate in the way of being done and achieving my goal, as corny as that might sound.

The trip was just what I needed, and I’ve come to love driving long distances; even though it takes longer than a flight, I like the idea of being in control of when I get there and when I leave. Stop when I want, eat what I want, etc.

Most of you know that I started my team over in my garage a little less than 3.5 years ago for those of you who’ve read my log the last few years. We needed some fresh blood. So we pushed for a couple of years together and had some fantastic results, got super strong, added some big injuries (pretty much all of us), and got some great experimentation done in the lab (under the bar).

You learn more from injury and failure than from your success, at least in my experience. I’ve learned even more how the details matter, and you can’t plan for every inconvenience, i.e., control everything, but you also need times when you deviate from your plan and aren’t so dang rigid. This is my biggest takeaway from the last push over this time.

Dave Tate and I had some cigars while I had some Whiskey with the guys, as we recorded another Table Talk podcast with Dave Tate. 

During this podcast, we discuss Training when you don’t want to, going all in and what that means to people who truly do it, and moving forward into other areas of life that are now the focus.

The bottom line is you have to really enjoy the people you train with; otherwise, it’s not as much fun as it should be. And I really do like these guys — I also enjoyed getting a chance to train with some of my clients while at Elitefts (Jen and Leah), while Dave, Shane, and Steve got some squats and deadlifts in.

I even threw on my (large now and loose) comp briefs to take a 740 squat for the heaviest lift I’ve done in a year and a half. It felt heavy.

After Elitefts, we headed over to the expo and met up with our old training partner Tom, who was awesome to see after a year of being gone. We got to catch up with him, and then we met up with my lifter Derek who has a huge meet coming as soon as the details are refined, but it wasn’t to be this weekend.

As stated on the podcast linked above with Dave Tate, Multi-ply powerlifting details are exhausting and neverending. The sessions and meets that it goes smoothly should be really appreciated and taken in and enjoyed because they don’t always happen. One simple little detail can mean the difference between a PR and a bomb or injury.

Besides the health reasons that would undoubtedly catch up to me, this is why I longer have the desire to compete—too much to worry about with too many other more important things going on.

Even though Derek didn’t have the meet we all wanted, I think he now sees much the tiniest of details matter so much when lifting the numbers he is approaching now, and it’s the best way to get the outcome you train for.

Every detail matters when you are pushing toward ultimate human performance.


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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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