Brian Carroll | Offseason Training weeks 7, 8, 9 | Back from the Arnold

The last few weeks of training have been some of the best of my life; learning a lot, making progress along with the entire team getting better. Great vibes with the team, and everyone is pushing and making progress. We had some time off for Christmas, etc., but we have been getting after it for the last 2months + since. And I can’t express how much I love the training vibes right now. I didn’t even want to go to the Arnold due to missing time with the crew.

I’m not going to give a super-detailed report of the last three weeks of training but an overview. This is for no other reason than I want to keep moving forward and don’t remember precisely everything I’ve done, but here are the basics.

*SSB for squats

*Wagon wheels for deadlifts

*Incline bench followed by CG bench and bamboo bar bench

My top sets were the following before the deload last week, (I went a little bit lighter the weeks before):

625×5 in wraps on the SSB

585×5 on the wagon wheels

375×5 on the incline press

All of this felt good. I needed a deload after all of these reps. The volume and intensity have been real. So the following week, I took it easy.

While up at the Arnold, I opted to not go to the XPC I got a squat session in with Dave Hoff, Jimmy G, Anthony, Steph-fen, Val, Alex, and Chanel at the Dog House in Cbus.

I’ve been working on a wider stance, as discussed in previous training logs, so I had my briefs with me and wanted to work with Hoff some. The first thing he said was, “I’ve wanted to talk to you more about this as we have in the past, but you should be squatting 1230, but you have to widen your stance out.” He read my mind, so we worked on it.

I widened out quite a bit with Dave’s instruction, and each set felt better. I know as I am much bigger this was a necessary move. I can tell you there’s no way I would have went this wide if I wasn’t encouraged to do so. I ended at just under 1000lbs and was happy considering I haven’t went over 625 since December. And it felt good, so huge thanks to Dave and the crew for the help, the wraps (Steffene) and the back spots from Anthony.

I’m back home now and super motivated to train and try some new things while getting back into my Inzer Gear. Another suggestion Dave had for me years back was to try some different set-ups on the bench. My back history has been a limiting factor, so I haven’t ‘tucked’ my legs in about eight years. Since I’m sort of starting over and experimenting, now is an excellent time to see how I feel this way. I used this stance slightly on Mondays’ session, and it felt pretty good, but it will be a while before I can get into a decent position.

I appreciate Dave working with me and helping me. It’s always good to have an outside eye.

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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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