Brian Carroll Precontest training Week 8 day 1 Squat/DL

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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

Warm-up:
Mcgill Big 3
BW squats
Band fly
Goblets
KB swing etc

Squat
Raw to 500
Add brief
650×1
straps down
750×1
900×1
1000×1
1070×1 – stumbled out of rack
1070×1

Deads
sumo
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

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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