Brian Carroll Precontest training Week 8 day 1 Squat/DL


I’m currently training for the RPS Meet in FT Lauderdale, Oct 25. I’m at about 10 weeks out. My bodyweight is hovering around 264 in the AM, and I will slowly move toward 260 over the next couple of months, where I want it to stay.

I’m going to compete at 242, as I feel better there, overall.

For the full story of why I decided to go 242, read this: A Look in the Mirror, Part 1

Mcgill Big 3
BW squats
Band fly
KB swing etc

Raw to 500
Add brief
straps down
1070×1 – stumbled out of rack

up to 735×1 approximate second

Conditioning work ie sled…

A few things:
1. I’m deconditioned. It sucks. There’s just no replacement for being under 1000lb. Nothing can simulate the CNS stress, the little muscles that really take a beating ie feet/calves. I will need a couple of sessions to get back in shape.
2. Cardio-wise, I’m great – been doing tons! But what ended up amounting to 3 weeks between heavy squats was too much time. I felt much slower than I should. Legs were a bit flat.
3. I know Monday will be similar on the bench, I just have to push through it. I have to really push the edge these next 3 weeks, then rest and cut weight for the meet. What’s cool is at this point I’m usually very beat up at this point, so that’s cool.
4. I bet I feel much better next weekend when I do all 3 lifts at Michigan Barbell for the “Strength for a Lifetime” Seminar next weekend, October 4&5.

I’ve got this next weekend, the following which is the 11th, then time to deload for the meet. Should line up perfect.
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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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