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 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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