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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As you can see with my featured image, I went back with the Adidas Pro Model. I have squatted in this shoe for years but in recent time I had a hard time finding them last year so went with a super beefy and special chuck. Not the same.

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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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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