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.

Warm-up
McGill Big 3
KB swing
Goblet
Band fly

Training
Squat
500
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

Deads
225
335
415
added New Fusion DLer
515
605
705 – opener

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

DONE.

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 I jumped into a newer version of the Leviathan Ultra Pro without zippers on it and I like it better.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 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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