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 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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