Brian Carroll Offseason training, Week 7, day 1 – Squat/DL with VIDEO

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I’m currently training for the RPS Meet in FT Lauderdale, Oct 25. I’m in offseason training and will move into precontest at about 10 weeks out. My bodyweight is hovering around 270 in the AM, and I will slowly move toward 260 over the next couple of months, where I want it to stay.

NOTE: Team Samson will also be doing a Seminar the following day, stay tuned for details.

I’m going to compete at 242, as I feel better there, overall.

For the full story of why I decided to go 242, read this: A Look in the Mirror, Part 1

Warm-up:
Mcgill Big 3
BW Squat
Goblet
KB Swing

Goal:
Deload day, but I still wanted to work on form and get some volume in, without pushing things too hard. I’ve been feeling good, even with the loss in BW so I want to stay on this train of positive momentum and not get too greedy.

Training:
Squat
325×1 – multiple sets – form check
415×1 – few sets – form check

Sumo dead
315×1 a bunch, flipped mixed grip back and forth

Pause squat
2×6 – super light

Reverse Sled drag
150 yards roughly, light weight

Overview:
Hips feel better not too tight, body feels good overall and session went well. Depth is getting better and I’m feeling more natural again in both the squat and dead. Dead has not felt this smooth in years. Of course, it’s still light and there are many factors as to why. One of them is my back being in better shape, and two – Better leverage for now. We shall see.

I’ll be on the deload all week, and will be pounding the mcgill big 3, as I get ready to travel a bit and lift some.

I wanted to make the sled drags more fun, so I came up with the idea to insult the person who’s pulling at the time – to provide incentive to get done faster. This was fun, but unfortunately we had to put music over it as it was not too nice. Fun stuff!

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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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