Brian Carroll | Offseason training week 6 update

I’m not just saying this, but after our short break during the holiday’s, Jan and Feb have been on fire with our group. I was a little bit overwhelmed during December with all that goes with the season and so I coasted with training and got even fatter.

But once Jan rolled around, we’ve had a near full house pretty much every training session, even 5 on Wed night. If you remember, toward the end of our time at Driggers, I was the only one training on Wed and this sucked a giant D. Speaking of the last article and communicating with your crew, I made sure to tell everyone that you need to come on Wed, it’s not mandatory but it’s expected when you can. I want to train with people who make training a priority. John Kirkpatrick drives from Lake City to train and makes it on Wednesday sometimes, himself. I’m very blessed to be lifting with people who are crazy about training. I feel like I got a fresh start.

Back to my training: We’ve stayed with the SSB for squats which is terrible, the wagon wheels which are about 3.5″ block equivalent, and Incline bench (which I haven’t done much since I can’t even remember).

Week 6 bench – on the incline I worked up to 345×5 then a bunch of close grip sets – I was surprised how well my shoulders and pecs felt with this, but I did stop a few inches off the chest and that range felt good. Shoulder is still good.

Bamboo bar bench: 4×10

Tricep press-downs: 4×12

Side lateral: 4×12

KB row: 4×12

Week 6 squat I worked up to 525×5 on the SSB, then pulled 585×5 with the wagon wheels. – this felt pretty good. It was heavy but it was not a limit, around RPE 8. There was a lot of pressure with the SSB. Deads were pretty easy. Just a tough session with so many reps, working up in sets of 5.

All I did after these two things was Shrugs and a few pull-downs. Smoked. Then we went and ate sushi, but a joke about the Corona virus got us ignored for most of the day, so we didn’t get to eat much.

Next meat: I’m thinking that maybe, maybe I’ll be able to do Bert & Mindy’s Gene Memorial Oct 3 outside of Knoxville. This would be a fun one to do, but I can’t say what my time will be like then. But I want to. I asked Ria what she thought and she just looked at me and mumbled something. Honestly, I think she’s out of line but I know she’s grumpy these days.

Next speaking Gig: March 27 at Jacksonville University here in Jax, Fl. All details on the featured image above!

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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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