Brian Carroll | Arnold XPC Training | Week 6 | Day 1 |




I’m about 4.5 weeks out from the Arnold & 11.5 out from the RPS US Open and am knee-deep in peaking phase.

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Normal warm-up which you can read about HERE McGill Big 3

The goal for this Saturday training session was to take an opener on squat and deadlift with a RB second attempt also on squat. Things went pretty well, but I had a few issues.

Predator briefs
750×1 – added wraps
840×1 – went full gear. Went well
935x1x2 – same – full gear, I screwed this all up and took it back to back reps. It gassed me.
1040×1 – still gassed from the blunder prior set, so I racked it.
1040×1 – hard but I made it through. Not happy.

Was supposed to take 1100 with bands but was smart and called it.

625×1 – last warmup
715×1 – opener

I was up for a bad training session and so I wasn’t too mad about this one. I made some dumb mistakes leading up to and during my last warmups where I racked it after a half squat, then walked right back and took it again. This gassed me. This was stupid of ME. I own that. Wont happen again. Do something stupid? Here’s how I handle it – I get mad at myself, beat myself up and then forget about it. The end.

Deadlift went well even though I was gassed mentally and physically. I can still pull my opener though! haha. I totally have moved past this session and am focusing on this week.

I benched monday night and that went well. I’ll post about that tomorrow!

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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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