Brian Carroll | Offseason training week 5 update

Another productive few sessions. Please keep in mind that I don’t log /video everything that I do concerning assistance work. The camera and phones drive me nuts, so I honestly don’t want to be bothered, but I’ll work on getting more footage soon to give you a better idea of what my Wed squat/DL assistance day looks like, and my fluff and buff day (Friday).

We moved over to SSB squats from the box squats for a couple of weeks since everyone was pretty beat down from the bands. That bar sucks, but we are going to get better at it. Staying with wagon wheels on the deadlift for a few more weeks too and will be switching to incline bench for my main-movement also for something different starting this next week. Again, I’m still rebuilding my shoulder, and a focus on incline and OHP will do me some good, especially with no meets planned as of right now.

I picked sets of 3 for the next week, so Saturday, I worked up to 5 plates on the SSB, with wraps, no belt. And it’s coming back! Diet has been good with some consistency. I have to adhere to my advice about how long it can take to pull bodyweight off when it takes months to add. It sucks to take off.

Saturday 2.15.20

Squat: Top set of 3 – 525 on SSB

Deadlift: Top set of 3 – 545 on Wagon wheels.

All around an RPE of 6-7. Everything moved easily and fast.

I will build the volume and intensity over the next few weeks. I was feeling good and happy to be getting back in a groove. I was in a lousy funk- extremely lethargic for about two weeks then about a week ago, I got sick (the cold crap going around) so it made sense that my body was fighting it off for a bit, then succumbed. Getting over it now, but I’m glad I wasn’t dying; I just was sick.

I will be getting in some gear soon, but it will be after my hard work (second in the workout) first as I have to build my base back for a little longer. I’ve mentioned John training for an equipped meet, so I’ll be jumping in with him from time to time to push him.

Everyone else is a little beat up but doing well. Enjoying the crew we have and great vibes in each training session. I’m grateful.

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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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