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.

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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
Birddogs
BW squat
Push-ups

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

Deads
315x2x3
405x2x5

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

Brian is a world-class powerlifter with over two decades of elite and pro-level powerlifting under his belt. Coming back from a devastating back injury in 2012 that broke multiple bones and that most experts said he would never recover from, he has returned to the pinnacle of world-class lifting (while 100% pain and symptom-free) and is now dedicated to helping others avoid the same mistakes that he made in the past through private and group coaching in Jacksonville, FL. Brian’s impressive recovery has given him the opportunity to teach and deliver talks to physical therapists, chiropractors, medical doctors, professional strength & conditioning coaches and experts from all facets of sport, on how to avoid injury, while building anti-fragile strength and resilience in athletes.
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