Brand New Video series: Part 5 -Recap and core coaching a HS football player

The new video goes live on Thursday,1.11.24 at 9am, EST

In this video series, I work with an HS Junior football player who has had an outstanding Junior year at OLD, MLB, and Strong Safety since this video was shot. We cover the warm-ups he should do before lifting in the weight room and then go from there as the series progresses next week onto the squat/bench/deadlift, etc.

I want to make clear that one colossal mistake coaches make with footballers is trying to turn them into powerlifters. Yes, Fullbacks and LBers resemble powerlifter builds, but the goals differ significantly to brush the surface. Get them strong, but strong for playing on the field; what an LB can pull from the floor means nothing. I’m not saying anyone deadlifting from the floor who plays football is an idiot. But if they are getting paid millions to tackle/hit/collide with the fastest athletes in the world running downhill at them, they should focus on that, not powerlifting.

In the first video, I first break down Slade’s squat form with the KB; then, we move to the barbell squat. Remember, we are doing this in real-time, so changing forms and getting everything dialed in can take a few sessions. I feel the barbell squat is an excellent strength builder for most football players, but the depth of the squat and load and too much emphasis on strength can become an issue for some.

In the second video, I reviewed Slade’s squat and worked with him on dialing his form and approach. Though not perfect, I think this was a perfect starting point for his squat going into his senior year, and we will do follow-ups. It’s hard to fix a lift in 30-minute working hours, but we did a good and adequate job.

In the third video, I reviewed Slade’s bench and worked on the bar path and setup. In this video, we go over his bench, approach, and bar path. Many lifters, especially footballers, butcher the bench press and press like a bodybuilder, which, in my opinion, isn’t ideal. You will see the corrections in the form, specifically the bar pathway.

In the 4th video of the series, I cover the deadlift with Slade. From grip to overall strategy for the deadlift as we set and form the lifter’s wedge.

In this final video, I summarize his core training and ensure he has a good grasp of how to approach the exercises and movements. Also, In this last video of coaching a high school football player (Slade), we recap our tweaks to his squat, bench press, and deadlift and cover some core exercises to add to his everyday routine.

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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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