Brian Carroll | Arnold XPC/RPS US Open Training | Week 9| Day 2 & 3 – Grand Finale


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I’m about 1.5 weeks out from the Arnold & 8.5 out from the RPS US Open and am knee-deep in peaking phase.

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Here’s a preview of a short I did with Trey Vollmer Titled “2700” – the full video will be out very soon!

Monday was the last ‘real’ training session

The goal was to hit an opener and be done.. and boy was I done.


550×1 – 3bd
700×1 – 2bd
750×1 – 1bd
750 – half

Bench dips: 3×15
Band press-down: 3×15
Band fly: 3×15

Everything moved GREAT – a little slower than ideal but considering it was right on.
Time to rest the bench and have it show up on meet day. It sure isn’t easy trying to bench big after a nice squat BUT it’s part of it. All the more reason to appreciate Dave Hoff benching 900’s after 1100’s all day. Amazing.

Wed – last squat/dl

I moved up my last day of training to shoot a 1 minute short film called “2700”. The preview for it is above.

Anyway, I did my last training session during the filming.

Squat in briefs:
up to 800

600×1 – 2 singles

I did a lot more but nothing to write home about to ensure we got enough cool shots. I can’t speak highly enough about and his work. I can’t wait to see the finished product! Should be out very soon! Note: check out trey’s work – we are using quite a few of his pics on the site!

I’m glad I got this last training session which gives me 10 full days to rest for the XPC.

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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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