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 Carroll

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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