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 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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