Brian Carroll Offseason Week 3, 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 at the APF Raw Nationals. I got in some good training in with some teammates and things were a blast. Lot’s of good exposure for the brand as well as rolling out some new colors of shirts! Keep an eye out for them on the site as some are already loaded up.

Huge thanks to Ezra Salmon for all of his support and help with 10/20/Life

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Here is what my training looked like for squat/dl last week in my new Inzer Grid Preds:

squat 325×3
Added briefs

By this time where we were training (the warm-up room of the meet) was getting crowded and athletes warming up needed plates, so I moved onto deadlift quickly. The briefs held me pretty good and I’ll be working in them over the next few weeks as I break them in and see where to go from here as far as tightness. As of now, they are not super tight but super stiff. I think a couple of sessions in them and i’ll be where I need to be depthwise.

I pulled 315×2 for a lot of speed singles and had to run over to my booth as people were trying to buy some swag. I pulled in these monster briefs and they actually felt pretty good.

11 weeks out, so it’s time to start dialing it in!

For bench day, I opted to do some volume and hit sets of 10 on the floor press. I was pretty gassed after this but it felt good.

Here is the session:

all x 10

Flat DB press with Orange band: 3×15
Band fly SS bench dip SS rear delt pulls: 3 rounds….

Nice one!

Good volume day for sure but I was gassed. I suck at sets of 10 but as I move into the lower reps for precontest keeping them higher has been good for me.

Another week or 2 of offseason and it’s time to start handling some weight! Time just flies.

Luckily, I’ll be home most of the next month so I can get my bw settled and training will be more consistent!

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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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