Brian Carroll | 10/20/Life 26 weeks out | Week 3, day 1 | RAW SQUATness

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I just finished a 10-week training cycle where I accomplished my goals of getting back to competition strength and shape and will be entering into a long offseason for the upcoming WPO in Nov of this year. Like many other TeamPRS athletes, our very own Tucker Loken is handling my diet.

I’m doing a lot of external rotation rehab currently.  I do this every day, and this is also part of my warm-up on the days I’m lifting. My lat/rotators and pec are a mess, but it’s come from a little bad luck and some neglect on my end.

Saturday, 5.5.18

We had a special guest this past Saturday at Team Samson -Tommy Bohannon of the Jacksonville Jaguars – the starting (and only) Fullback.

I, of course, knew who he is and after viewing Tommy’s IG, I reached out after watching him train alone in his garage during the offseason. Travis Mash handles his programming, and we all know Travis knows his stuff, so I thought a better environment would only help Tommy’s offseason work and help keep him safe.

This week was the third week of my offseason wave. I was going to go a little heavier as I have a deload the following the week. I only went a little heavier than I planned. By about 200lbs, but when you have an environment as we did on Saturday, sometimes you go with it. The juice was worth the squeeze this day, and the RPE was still within range.

Normal warm-up: Again, lots of external rotation

Squat: in belt and sleeves










Deadlifts from 4″ blocks

Many singles at 405.. nothing too heavy, felt explosive

Belt pause squat with band: 4×8

Stir the pot: 60

Excellent session. I Moved over from the SSB bar to the buffalo bar, but I still don’t think my shoulder girdle/pec area is ready for it, so I won’t revisit this for a while and give it some time.

The weight felt great on my back, and Tommy, Lisa and myself had a great session on our mono. Fantastic Group overall on Saturday, more to come on this. The vibe was spot-on and this day was what I needed. The other part of the team spent time on the comp mono and was kicking ass.

Tommy worked up to 560 off the above parallel box, as footballers should and looked very strong and explosive. The Jags have a great S&C coach in ‘Mylo’ who spent time learning with/ under Buddy Morris. And the proof is in the pudding with the way they are coached and trained and play.

I’ll be deloading this coming weekend, also staying steadfast with my rehab and depositing some $$ for the WPO in 6mo. It’s all about this right now, coming in as close to 100% as possible for this. Long way to go, but this is a good thing. Much more to come after the deload.

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Brian Carroll

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Brian Carroll is committed to helping people overcome back pain and optimizing lifts and movement. After years of suffering, he met back specialist Prof. McGill in 2013, which led to a life-changing transformation. In 2017, they co-authored the best-selling book "Gift of Injury." On October 3, 2020, Carroll made history in powerlifting by squatting 1306 lbs, becoming the first person to break this record. He retired with a secure legacy and a life free from back pain.
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