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.

McGill Big 3
Band fly
KB swing

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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
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 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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