Brian Carroll Precontest training: Week 2, day 1


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

Todays goal was to work all 3 lifts and break in my new gear. It was a hot week for sure, and it played a huge role in how my training went.
I work inside my house all day, and go out to walk usually mid day and then when I go to train, let the dogs out etc but I had no idea how bad the heat was all week.

Here’s Saturday’s training:
Suit bottoms on
Straps up 840×1 – back cramped as I was about to do a double – first sign of things getting weird.
930×1 – felt good. Didn’t wrap for this one, still getting a feel for the suit
1000×1 – felt good. Shy on depth, but feeling it out

700×1 – 1bd – was totally gassed after 2 sets of bench.
Mcgill big 3, lots of ice on head and drinking.

Ok, good training session, but even with air conditioning and insulation etc, it was borderline ridiculous hot. I don’t know what we would have done without it on this day. I’m guessing some bodies would have been buried in the preserve.

Squats feel GOOD. Suit fits like a glove and has just the amount of wiggle room for me. And it felt good on my back. I love it so far. 4

The back cramping in my upper erector was sign of dehydration, but it was not apparent to me at the time. Weird as hell, but aside from it being sore, it was fine. Sticking to singles was my best bet at that point.

When it was time to bench, I was totally drained and dizzy. I pushed through it, but was out of gas when it was time to stay tight and drive some weight. Cut my losses. I thought I was going to go down.

I ended up shutting it down after the 700×1 1bd, and had to pretty much call the rest of the day a wash and drink and eat in the air conditioning.

I also ate a whole half gallon of ice cream. I don’t need this stuff in my house, but cookies and crème is my weakness.

So, on Sunday, I decided that I’m going to bench on Monday and make up for it. I’ll also be working in my smaller shirt. My training partner was kind of enough to start breaking it in for me so I have some work to do (Monday). It’s a TINY TINY shirt, but I’ll get it on.

Will update tomorrow about the bench!
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Brian Carroll is committed to helping people overcome back pain and optimizing lifts and movement. After years of suffering, he met back specialist Prof. McGill in 2013, which led to a life-changing transformation. In 2017, they co-authored the best-selling book "Gift of Injury." On October 3, 2020, Carroll made history in powerlifting by squatting 1306 lbs, becoming the first person to break this record. He retired with a secure legacy and a life free from back pain.
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