Brian Carroll – Precontest Week 1, day 1 & 2 with Video “The path toward the 242 Alltime Total Record”

The featured image is from when I was hospitalized for a few days with Pneumonia a couple years back. The crazy acne was due to stress, laying in the bed and extreme fever.

I hope you like the pic as much as I do!

The reason I posted that pic is because I’m sick now (not as bad as the pic) but pretty bad with walking pneumonia. I’m on meds but still feel like death. I had a some good training sessions over the weekend, but felt incredibly winded and when I finally felt sick on Sunday, it made sense.

Notice the title of the log.

This is NO DISRESPECT to lifters like current and former 242 greats Juha, Panora, Hoff or ANYONE at all. It’s in reach and I want the total record, especially since I was pretty close a few months back. I’ve actually chased it on and off for the better part of 10 years.

I’m not predicting shit, calling my shot or anything like that. The fact is that I’m pushing that 2700+ at 242. Will I get it? Let’s see. I’ve hit it quite a few times at 275 while not being 100%. Either way, I’m on the path toward it, I just hope I get there, and will log pretty much everything about the process. This will also keep my accountable to make sure I’m doing what I need to be doing.

I was near Howell to host a “strength for a lifetime” event at Flint Barbell on Saturday, Jan 3. As always, I trained at MBB as it’s my second home. Heather and Todd have such an awesome facility and are so good to me and my crew. Thank you so much Heather and Todd!

Friday, Jan 2 – Week 1, day 1 – Squat and dead, back in the gear!!

Normal warm-up: Always McGill big 3
KB Goblet

Squat:
780 – 2×2 – straps down

Dead:
565 – 2×2 – straps down

Mcgill crunch: 10×10
Rolling plank: 50

Was pretty much gassed by then. I figured I was getting sick, but not 100% showing symptoms!

First session back in the gear is so difficult but I got through it. Everything moved like it should and I feel good about the starting point for the XPC. The weight isn’t heavy enough to get depth but heavy enough to be annoying, so the first few weeks suck.

Straps down in this phase is a good transition for a couple of reasons; 1. Lets you get used to pressure and gear without killing you 2. lets you handle more weight but still makes you work.

I was really sucking wind but felt good to put some weight on the bar! Next week will be a bit heavier if I’m healed up from this chest crap.

Sunday I wasn’t feeling my best, but it was time to meet up with so many cool people and friends

normal warm-up

Bench:
565x2x2 – 2bd
Incline DB press: 3×12
band fly: 50
Band skull: 50

Again, everything moved like it should. Groove didn’t feel too bad. I’m ready to load the bar up some.

Great group of lifters at MBB as always and was so fun to catch up with everyone.

I’m going to get some rest and hopefully be ready for week 2.

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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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