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 Carroll is committed to helping people overcome back pain and optimizing lifts and movement. After years of suffering, he met back specialist Prof. McGill in 2013, which led to a life-changing transformation. In 2017, they co-authored the best-selling book "Gift of Injury." On October 3, 2020, Carroll made history in powerlifting by squatting 1306 lbs, becoming the first person to break this record. He retired with a secure legacy and a life free from back pain.
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