Brian Carroll precontest training week 10, day 2 – Opener bench poster

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

Mcgill Big 3
BW squats
Band fly

I really felt beat down going into this one. I ended doing too much work outside on Saturday, and that sucked! I was still down and out on Monday, but work had to be done.

The goal for the day was to get at least an opener and maybe a second to touch.

Here’s how it went:
425 raw
605×2 3b/2bd
715×1 1bd
765 – crap
765 – crap
765 – good

The first two I was getting choked out and letting my collar ride up. Lesson learned, I HAVE to get my aggressive with setting my shirt and this taught me the hard way. I have to keep the shoulders up, and keep pulling the chest DOWN!

Either way, I plan on opening around 750 and this is a touch more so with rest and a better groove, i should smash this with ease.

I went on and did a few more things..

Bench dip: 3×20
band fly: 3×20
Push-up: 5×10 explosive

some other crap.

Then home to eat. That wraps up the last heavy day of the cycle. I will outline what my next 10 days will look like as I wrap up the cycle and move toward my weight cut.

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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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