Brian Carroll | Offseason Training| Week 1

I just finished a very poor showing at the Battle of the boardwalk in NJ where I bombed on the squat. I’m currently dialing in my squat technique and will stay in some equipment over the next few weeks to dial in technique that is still new to me and I’m adjusting to.

I’m very motivated to do so. I’ve written about FAILURE being the biggest motivator for me. And it’s worked, once again.

I’ve come full circle and I’m back with Inzer Advance Designs, just like I was from 2006-2009 where I did some of my best lifting ever. I’m very excited about the opportunities this brings me and my team.


I’m after the total record at 242 of 2695, and squat record of 1140. My best total ever is 2730, and best squat ever is 1185 – my best individual lifts combined are low to mid 2800’s at 275. My best total at 242 is 2610 and I will be adding to that very soon.

I will get the squat and total record, even if takes 20 more tries. Support from family, friends, my team and Inzer will help get me there. I just have to execute.


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I was traveling last weekend but still got some very good training in. I was in Grand Rapids for a seminar at Unreal Fitness that went very well on Saturday. HUGE thanks to Jay for having us out. Huge thanks to Daniel Dalenberg, Beth Thomas and Rachel Zipsie.

Back to training: I wanted to dial in some form with my briefs in knee wraps for a couple of weeks and have some fun. I immediately figured a few things out as to why I was feeling off at the meet and leading into the meet. In short, I was too wide and I was not flexing my quads at the top. I’m going to do an article on this soon, so I will be vague here but I figured some things out, thankfully with the help of my teammates. Thank you.

Ezra Salmon is a good friend of mine, 10/20/life and our team. He always lets us train at Performance Edge when any of the team is in town and this was no different. When I got to PE, the crew was already there warming up and I got right to work after talking with Ezra.

Normal warm-up
BW squat

505×2 – wraps
605×2 – briefs
705×2 – briefs and wraps


Goblet squat: 3×10
KB swing: 3×10
McGill big 3… done.

Being that I kinda competed the week prior (I took 2 squat attempts) I kept the volume super low and focused on making each rep perfect. I’m going to build upon this session with heavier weights and more volume next training session and continue to dial in my form issues that were stupid on my part to let happen and overlook. I knew something was off with my squat but It could have been a million things in my eyes.

The good news is I think it got it fixed. Actually, I know I did.

If you saw my meet squat and some of my training videos and follow my training, you’d notice my squat was hit or miss at times this cycle as far as the unrack and stability. It had me baffled but it was an easy fix.

Sure I changed gear, but there was not reason why I would go soft knee’s and go 3-4″ wider. It was just something I overlooked and was stupid. I own it and nobody holds that responsibility but ME. I set my feet and have been doing it for a LONG time. I’m not a wide stance squatter.

Here is a short convo I had with Byrd Friday night:

Brian – I’m tired of learning the same stuff over and over. It’s stupid. I should have figured this out prior.
Byrd – well, you better find another sport/hobby.
Brian – true. I will keep learning the same crap over and over. It’s just frustrating.

…. Such is life. Time to learn MORE and always continue to get better… and adjusting is a must.

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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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