Brian Carroll | Precontest Training | Week 7, day 1| Squat and Deadlift!

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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Going into this session I was not fooling myself. I knew things would move slow and harder than they should be. In 10/20 I write about how the last few weeks toward the end of the cycle are the hardest.. and it’s hard right now!

My lower back – the area I hurt badly is like a rock but my upper back from the benching, pulling and locking in the squat is very fatigued so I knew it would be a battle to pull and squat.

Anyway, here is what I did.

McGill Big 3
KB swing
Band fly

600 briefs
700 briefs and wraps
850 full gear
955 full gear
1075 full gear —
* decided not to take another set with a RB and shut it down to focus on deads

added New Fusion DLer
705 – opener

One leg GM: 3×12
Roll to side plank: 3×15


All in all a good session. I jumped into a newer version of the Leviathan Ultra Pro without zippers on it and I like it better. Just as easy to get into but less to worry about potentially messing up. Still goes on and off in about 7 seconds. With that said, it’s the first time in this suit so I need some time to break it in. The first time is always hard and so will next week but it will break in.

Weights moved slow and I had a hard time sitting back BUT that’s to be expected at this point. I’m going to have some of my training partners work in the suit some and break it in with some reps for me this weekend and next. I’ll probably work to about 800 for some singles to help dial it in and that will be it for squatting.

Pulls felt good but slowly than normal. New suit – decided to go with fusion since I can ‘load’ it more with sumo vs conventional. I think the MaxDL for me, is best for conventional.

Next Saturday will look like this for me to wrap up lower training:

Squats – 800×1 for a few singles in full gear
Deads – 650/700/750 and then done till the meet.

As long as I can stay in one piece, I’ll have a good meet!

Huge thanks to team samson for the help this weekend and cycle for that matter. This whole thing flew by so fast!

Huge thanks to Inzer for the sponsorship and allowing me to supply my team with the best gear on the planet! You cant go wrong with Inzer!

I’ll update more soon!

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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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