Brian Carroll – Offseason Week 2, day 1 & 2

I just finished competing at the XPC Arnold Finals 3/7/15 where I totaled 2610@242 and won the overall. I did not achieve ALL of my goals but I’m still happy with the results, not content.

I’m after the total record at 242 of 2695, and squat record of 1140. My best total ever is 2730, and best squat ever is 1185 – my best individual lifts combined are low to mid 2800’s at 275. My best total at 242 is 2610 and I will be adding to that very soon.

My next meet is RPS Meet August 29, in Atlantic City, NJ.

The plan for summer is to take my heavy weeks while home, and working raw and in briefs while gone on the road. Too many distractions while traveling to ensure that I’ll be on point and have all I need to go over 1k on the squat.

Training for this competition starts now.

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Great Weekend in NY, PA and NJ with Beth Thomas, Jonathan Byrd and Scotty P. We had time to train, Byrd and I hit a Phillies game, organize some future plans and ideas as well as put on a top-of-the-line seminar at Gaglione Strength. Huge thanks to Gags for having us out, and many thanks for Dan, Nikki, Beth, Scott and Byrd for their support and belief.

Huge thanks to Scotty & Dana Paltos for feeding me/us during the weekend.

I had a great time on this weekend but not without obstacles for sure. Ever heard of a rental company “rent a Wreck”? Check them out – yes, I had to deal with this shit:

I figured that since it was from, I would be good. WRONG. WRONG. They were habitual line steppers. I figured an older car, not car’s that deserved to be crushed. One that had a decent suspension, one that didn’t almost rattle apart and was not a total POS. Either way, I should have done some research. Made for an annoying weekend.

Then I got to Scott’s house and my iPhone 6 crashed… I made it through.

Back to the weekend: I got to train with Beth on Friday and Byrd on Monday.

Here is what I did:


Normal warm-up
Goblet squat

Squat in Predator Grid brief:
600×3 rpe 6

Pause squat: 3×3

One leg DL
Stir the pot

Circuit x3 (I missed my day prior fluff n buff)

Good session. My briefs are a little large on me and went on without much effort. This is a perfect fit for offseason work and to not only get some reps in but to make my muscles work too. My comp briefs will be much tighter and beefier than these. All in all, great time. A few things to work on – Locking in back, sitting back more.

The rest of the session was par for the course. I will continue to work on shoulder and hip mobility as needed.

After the weekend was winding down, byrd and I got some bench training in:


Floor press:
365×5 – RPE 6

Flat DB press: 8×10
Skulls: 3×20
Band fly: 3×15
Bench dip: 3×15

productive session. More raw (light) volume work as we start to pick up the intensity and transition into the Inzer gear for the RPS Atlantic City meet, Aug 29. Nothing heavy but felt good.

Only complaint is my right pec has been bothering me. I tore it and my labrum pretty bad in 09 and the straight bar on squats tends to irritate it when doing reps, so no surprise.

As always, I’ll get work done on it and make sure I’m ready for the comp!

If you’re going to APF raw Nat’s, make sure to come see my at the 10/20/Life booth. I’ll have a bunch of new guys apparel as well as new female apparel.

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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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