Brian Carroll 10/20/Life Offseason week 5, day 1 – squat/bench/dead with video!

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Brian Carroll’s 10/20/Life and Paul Carter’s Lift-Run-Bang Team up!


January 17th and 18th 2015
Madtown Fitness in Madison Wisconsin
Address: 802 Stewart St, Madison, WI 53713
Phone:(608) 270-9606

What will be covered:

-Offseason training for mass
-Correcting weaknesses in movements
-Fixing muscular imbalances
-Injury rehabilitation
-Mobility and Prehabilitation
-Training mentality – How not to get complacent, how to build confidence in your lifts through proper goal setting
-Strength peaking
-Picking assistance movements that you need – how to choose them, how to perform them
-Hands on coaching for the Squat, Bench, and Deadlift



11-ish weeks until the Arnold, which is March 7, 2015.

I’m finishing week 4 of offseason work this week.

Update: BW has hit a low of 257.5 currently and is floating between 257-260

I’m making Saturday a day to hit all 3 big movements – squat/bench/deadlift to ensure my back continues to have the conditioning necessary to improve. Also, I REALLY LIKE doing all 3 on one day, then just assistance work on the other 2 days. Works well, especially raw.

I’ll be finishing up my offseason work this coming week and then move my schedule around to a more traditional split.

Normal warm-up: Always McGill big 3
1-arm KB swing
KB Goblet

Training goal for the day was to work up a little bit on all three lifts but not push too hard with potential to jeopardize my health for the upcoming meet prep.

As equipped lifters we have to toe this line and stay smart. It’s easy to want to ‘show off’ and shut people up, but I learned the hard way in 2009 that it’s not what matters – gym lifts.. but what you do in the meet. I almost lost the ability to press decent ever again by going heavy raw (550 in 2009 about a month out from a big meet). Thankfully I can but it was a long road back from an unnecessary injury.

Yes, I’m going to do a raw meet in the future. I want to get my equipped goals out of the way first.

Back to training: goal was about an RPE of 7 on all lifts:

Squat: 725×2 – in wraps
Bench: 450×2
Dead: 625×1

I have veered away from multiple reps from the floor on dead and I wanted to stay true to my rehab and only pulled singles. I’m trying to be a little bit more intelligent… Sometimes.

Everything felt good. I did’t try to push any max and everything was smooth and I stayed true to the offseason plan!

I’ll be finishing up this week with assistance work, a deload next week then back into the gear!

I’m looking forward to pushing toward the Arnold. It will be March before we know it!

I will be out of town next weekend for xmas, but I’ll be starting my cycle officially for the Arnold Jan 3ish. I’m in solid shape so 7-8 weeks will be just right.

I’m more motivated than ever for this meet! Hope to see you there!

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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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