Brian Carroll | Precontest Training | Week 6, day 2 & 3 | Bench and assistance day

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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I felt like I got a lot of rest over the weekend going into Monday and didn’t feel that the Squat day taxed me. I guess it did a little bit but more on my set-up. I felt very flat with an OK set-up at best.

The plan was to work up to an opener and more

Here is how it went.

Warm-up
McGill Big 3
Band fly
KB swing

training
Bench
425×1
added shirt
550×2 – 3bd
625×2 – 2bd
720×1 – 1bd
750×1 touch
800×1 – 3 singles. All over the place

Shut it down…

Incline DB press: 3×15
Bench Dip: 3×15
Band Press-down: 3×15

Other stuff. I can’t remember, I was mad at myself.

I have nobody to blame for myself not being on point but myself. I came in flat and as one of my old Favorite Ball coaches Buck would say “half-stepping” into the training session. NO good.

I was all over the place with 800 and was not properly focused on what I should have been doing. I understand it’s part of how things go right now being so close to the meet and tired BUT I can’t get too casual. I won’t be doing this again.

I will have good and smart training sessions Saturday and Monday when I bench again to make up for it!

Big weekend/week of lifting coming up. Opener squats, seconds with a band, opener dead and I’m going to repeat last monday for the bench.

Wed, 8/05/15 – Dead and squat assistance:

McGill Chins
Rack-Rows
DOH shrugs
Leg extension with band
Piston squat
1-arm KB swing
1-leg KB GM
Hammer curl
McGill big 3

This started off feeling like death but got better as I went. I’m not old by any means but I can feel how an 1100 squat and 800 bench takes MUCH more out of me than it used to!

Thursday, 8/06/15 Fluff and Buff

Band Fly
Flat DB press
Band press-down
Bench Dip
Side Lateral
McGill big 3

Another good session! I’m looking forward to wrapping up training in the next 2 weeks and coasting in. The hard part is almost all over now, just a few more to go!

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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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