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 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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