Brian Carroll Precontest training Week 1, day 3


I’m currently training for the RPS Meet in FT Lauderdale, Oct 25. I’m at about 10 weeks out. My bodyweight is hovering around 264 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

Mcgill Big 3
Band fly

Note: My lats were SMOKED going into this session for some reason, so I decided to go in with a mentality of pulling back a little bit and not pushing too hard. I’ve had an issue of pulling lats over the last year.

Mcgill pull-up:
20 singles – different grips

DOH Barbell shrug:
405×10- 3 sets

BB piston squat:
3×10 – LIGHT

3 sets

2-arm DB row:

Hammer curl:

cool down…
Mcgill big 3 and lat stretches

I felt so much better once done than when I started. Body is feeling good.

Oddly enough – the ONLY strength loss that I’ve felt is my grip. DOH shrugs feel heavier and grip doesn’t feel as sure in left hand.

I’m sure my squat will feel a little heavier on my back but that’s not the case yet, as weights are not too big.

I have a BIG day on Saturday. More squat/bench/dead work and breaking in new gear. Won’t be easy but I’m up for it!

Time to sort out the kinks and get some momentum going!

The plan for saturday:
Squat: heavy double straps down and up
Bench: touch in new shirt and break in new one
Dead: light work, but work in new DL suit

Get the valium ready, ria! hahahaha
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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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