Brian Carroll | Precontest Training| Week 6, day 1 | Squat

I’m less than 5 weeks out from the NJ Battle at the Boardwalk meet where quite a few lifters from the team will be competing. This should be a great time! I’ll be lifting in the 242 weight class.
I’ve come full circle and am back with Inzer Advance Designs, just like I was from 2006-2009 where I did some of my best lifting ever. I’m very excited about the opportunities this brings me and my team.

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.

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Saturday was supposed to be the heaviest day of the squat cycle and I was planning on taking over 1100.

I felt good going into the gym and was motivated to squat big.

A little background: the Arnold training cycle for the squat was not good. Deadlifts on the other hand were more on than ever, so to me it kinda balanced out. I only got once decent squat session in the whole 10 weeks prior to the arnold. Saturday marked my 4th session over 1K in the new Leviathan. This was due to my body weight being all over the map and canvas not being adjustable to fluctuations in BW.

So I’m very thankful that squat training has been so much better this time around and I’ve had some decent time under the bar. And I’m glad this canvas suit is so adjustable!

Here is how the session went:

BW squat
KB swing

added Predator
Added 3xl LUP
850×1 – full gear
950×1 – full
1055×1 – full
1100×1 – full

One leg KB GM: 3×10
Rolling plank: 3×10
McGill crunch: 10×10

Stayed around and helped the guys finish up and got out.

I haven’t gotten all of my videos yet from the session, so as soon as I do I’ll load them up and post. The 1100 didnt move as well as I had hoped BUT it still came up regardless. In this point in training things will hurt, move slow and not pop like they have at times. I understand this.

Things didn’t feel bad but just not as fast as I had hoped. This is all part of the deal. I’m sure it will move faster at the meet. Now I have to decide how heavy I’m going to go next weekend on my last squat. I guess I need to think about it.

I’m sure the bench will be just the same this evening but I have some weights to take! I need to touch a few sets and find a good opener and a second-ish attempt.

I’ll update more in the next few days but I’m looking forward to benching tonight!

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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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