Brian Carroll precontest training: Week 10, day 1 – Last heavy lower

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I’m currently training for the RPS Meet in FT Lauderdale, Oct 25. I’m at about 2 weeks out.

Weight has stabilized between 264-267 without too much effort. Once I cut out the crap at night, I should drop down to 260 pretty easily, but I dont want to do that now because I feel good, and my gear fits well at this weight.

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

Warm-up:
Mcgill Big 3
BW squats
Goblets

14 days out: Last true heavy day for squat and deadlift, so I wanted to feel a little weight on my back, but really work on dialing in my deadlift form.

Training:
Squat
500×1
650×1 – briefs
800×1 – full gear
910×1 – full gear
1000×1 – same – form is better each week

Dead
425×1
565×1
655×1
725×1
DONE – felt good

Mcgill big 3 – and lots of yard work.

Happy with how this training cycle ended up with the squat and dead. I really held back on the dead to save it for the meet. There’s a change I could pull both ways at the meet, as I feel more explosive conventional, but the sumo is much easier on my back. The good news is I have options.

I have a heavy bench on Monday, then I’m going to wrap up the training cycle with some volume assistance work and then taper it down as I prepare to start cutting weight. Yay!
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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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