26 Feb 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!