Brian Carroll | Precontest | Week 1, day 1 | Squat/DL

I just finished competing at the XPC Arnold Finals 3/7/15 where I totaled 2610@242 and won the overall. I did not achieve ALL of my goals but I’m still happy with the results, not content.

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.

My next meet is RPS Meet August 29, in Atlantic City, NJ. I’ll be lifting at 242.

Training for this competition starts now. I have about 9 weeks in each lift to get things right.

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I highly suggest these shoes for squatting due to – good ankle support, a nice and flat bottom that is stable and squared off with plenty of support under huge loads.

Back to training – this kicks off my precontest training for the RPS Battle of the Boardwalk meet.

I almost have all of my equipment for this cycle with the exception of the new New Leviathan Ultra Pro that UPS has misplaced unfortunately. I didn’t have it for the training session but this allowed me to have one last session in my 3ply Grid Pred briefs to break them in!

For this precontest, I will start with triples just like the precontest template MINUS triples on the squat. I just can’t stay tight and perform reps on the squat properly so I’m adjusting.

My goal for day one was an RPE of 7-8 for doubles but after a few sets I knew that I needed singles.

Normal warm-up
BW squat
KB Goblet
McGill Big 3

650 – doubles…
Singles after
855×1 – RPE 7-8

Dead: Goal was triple with no belt to an RPE of 7
565×3 – RPE of 7 ish

Pause squat: 3×6
One Leg KB GM: 3×12

McGill Big 3 as cool down…..

Another hot as hell day in the gym BUT a good session. I was a little disappointed that my suit was lost BUT I had a good session. With 8 training sessions left in each lift, I have plenty of time to dial it all in.

My walking, diet and training is 100% on point right now so I don’t want to change ANYTHING.

I got to see the New Leviathan up close and person on Wayne Pullum. I was pretty jelly that he got his BUT it’s a very good suit with very well-thoughtout adjustable pieces. I really like the fact it’s adjustable no matter how much your fluctuate in BW. This has been the knock on canvas for years.

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More to come on this soon!

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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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