Brian Carroll | Arnold XPC/RPS US Open Training | Week 7 | Day 1



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I’m about 3.5 weeks out from the Arnold & 10.5 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

Little bit of a different and moderate approach to this day. The way the weeks fell I had to take a little bit of a lighter week as I’m having some of the team over to train heavy this weekend. This coming weekend marks 3 weeks out and where I usually peak, then taper down the training intensities.

So only last warm-ups today!

Predator Brief: 650, 750
Added LUP and full gear: 850
935 ish – last warmup – this moved well but never fast enough.

Added Fusion Dler
635 – last warm-up. Moved well, but to me this can’t move fast enough.

I did a little more core work and called it a day.

Things went pretty much to plan. I plan on deloading today (I made this decision earlier today) for bench and will take some benches Saturday with the team if I feel good. Big week coming up, so I will be taking it easy as much as possible.

This diss is always a good reminder: Someone else is always getting kicked harder than you are currently.

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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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