Brian Carroll | 10/20/Life Precontest | Week 5 day 1 Squat & Deadlift | 6 weeks out from the WPO

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I officially started my prep 9.1.18, and the goal was to start getting my body used to the Inzer gear, load and pressure that will be coming over the next ten weeks.

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This first 10/20/Life precontest 3 week mini-cycle (2 weeks up, 1 week deload) consisted of the following: Straight bar squats with full gear, Bench press with SDP off boards, and deads from the floor in the Fusion.

  • Inzer LUP Size 2xl, Preds Size 38 and 4×4 Knee wraps
  • SDP Black Size 56 and 56/54 with 4×4 Wrist wraps
  • Fusion DL with Velcro & Grid, size 38
  • Red/White/Blue Inzer Forever Belt
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The first part (3 weeks) of my training cycle went well. So far so good on this second mini-cycle too. This cycle will be ramping up very soon and getting heavier intot he 90%+ range. 

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9.29.18 Saturday Week 5, day 1 Squat & DL  

Warm-up:

  • McGill Big 3
  • Side laterals
  • Scapula walks
  • Internal/external rotation
  • Rear delt flye

Training:

  1.  Squat: 735×1 in Predators and 4×4’s, Added LUP: 825×1, 925×1 – 80%, 980×1 – 85%, Added reverse bands – 1040×1 – 90%
  2.  Deadlift: Fusion DLer – 315×1, 405×1, 500×1, 585×1, 700×1 – 2 singles – 85%
  3.  Core work
  4.  Walking cooldown

Not my best lifting, but I got every single rep in that was scheduled. I have to thank the team for getting behind me for this one as I didn’t feel 100% especially in the heat and looking back, I messed a few things up even before started lifting Saturday. It’s 100% on me. 6 weeks out and everything starts feeling heavy and off,it’s just par for the course at this point. I must have said “I don’t know what the F I’m doing today” a few times. I felt an odd combination of dizzy and belligerent like I was drunk.

A couple of errors I made during training: I think I had my suit tightened down a little too much on the lighter sets but got this straight by 980, thankfully. I should have said something and adjusted.

On my second to last pull (700), my set-up was off, and I jacked-up the lift. I came back about 7 minutes later and hit it better. I was timing my deads as to make sure no matter the pace of the meet, I’ll be ready. I will be paying more attention to the clock on each attempt from here on out and adjusting my pace when I feel the need.

This session whipped me. As I write this, I have a bench session in about 7hrs in the same range – 85%-90%, then I have a deload, thankfully. Almost time to recover but not yet.

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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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