Brian Carroll | 10/20/Life precontest | Week 9 and 10 and travel/Meet week

I've recently switched to a pre-contest approach using the 10/20/Life method. I've only been back to training for about 30 weeks, and shoulder has been cooperative, with very few roadblocks and setbacks. Huge thanks to Andrew Lock for the help in my shoulder progressions and understanding a better way to incorporate more efficient cervical, thoracic, and rotator/shoulder training into my approach. Blue and I will be competing in December to qualify for the WPO Semi-finals/XPC Worlds. I need to achieve a top 30 by a coefficient (Glossbrenner) to qualify. The goal is not to peak for this meet, but to get a total. Blue will be joining me for his first meet in about 10 years. I will be lifting at 308 for the first time besides a bench only meet or two.

Catching up from the last two weeks or so as I’ve been in Qatar for a client. Yes, Qatar. It was a very cool experience, and I had some AMAZING food. Sushi is pretty much my favorite food, and I had some of the best I’ve ever had in my life while there. Flying Qatar Airways was quite the experience, too, as it had some fantastic food. From omelets to Filets, to Greek yogurt, all included and ala carte to order at any time.

I didn’t have to miss any training; I had access to some great gyms, and even the hotel gym had a squat rack, smith machine, bench press and KB’s, etc. So being that my work was finished before I left Jax 2 weeks ago, I still did at least some light training about every day.


I had plenty of time to over some strategy for this weekend’s meet in Tampa and went over everything a few times in my head. I’m still undecided by my exact game plan, but I will likely be easy on openers, then go for a big one on each lift. I need to get qualified.

I should feel pretty good without having to worry about all that cutting crap, so that’s a lovely change for me more mentally than anything.

Training for the rest of the week:

When I land in Jax at 11 pm Monday, I’ll probably go for a walk or two as I’ll be pretty jet-lagged and do some core work. For the other days, I’ll be doing some light circuit training and maybe even squats with 135/225 on Wednesday to knock a little rust off. Probably some DB rows, DB presses, and belt squats.

I really wish I had more to add to this blog but I’m brain-dead; I am just ready to get home and get back adjusted to the time change (Qatar is 8hr ahead) and be prepared for Saturday. It’s allegedly easier come back to EST than it is going over there but we will see.

One thing is for sure; I miss Rick Lawrence and hope the turnout is huge for such a great man whom everyone loved and that did so much for Florida Powerlifting. I’m glad I picked this meet to do and will do my best just to enjoy the meet and have fun -something I haven’t done in a very long time.

It’s been an interesting cycle. Let’s see how it goes!

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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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