Brian Carroll | Precontest Week 3, day 1 | Squat & Pool

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.

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I’ve worn every piece of top gear and equipment and I’ve been sponsored by everyone even Inzer 2x. I actually left Inzer in 2009 and now, 2015, I’m back. Do you think this is a coincidence?

IAD has always been ahead of the curve with technology, innovation and design. If you are a powerlifter and you ARENT wearing the double gripper wrist and knee wraps – you are missing out. I was very skeptical at first but they will NOT be a let down.

Training – we went with a Friday night training session vs Sat due to the 4th of July.

It went very well as I expected it to.

Normal warm-up
McGill Big 3
KB swing/goblet

710 – briefs/wrap – double grippers & preds
825×1 – full gear in new Leviathan
1000×1 – full gear

top set 605 2×2 – Max DL no belt

The only reason for no belt is to make the lift a little harder while still wearing my new gear to adjust. No other reason.

Birddogs rolling planks, and foam rolling for recovery….

Byrd and I tried out the new Leviathan and it did not disappoint. We really enjoyed it and for the first time lifting in it.. we did well. Byrd took 915 and I took 1000.

Special thanks to Byrd, Adam and Kieth for pushing me and keeping me on track for this session. Thanks to Beth for the programming suggestions as we navigate though another crazy training cycle.

I was not super high but high regardless…. still being the first time in a new gear (literally new to me and the world) combo and byrd was damn close to depth. I moved to a brand new Forever Single prong belt as well and loved it. The depth will come over the next few weeks so not really worried about it, like the usual. I’ll get it lower each week.

I figured since I changed my shoes, briefs, suit, belt , bar and other crap… why not wraps??

The new knee wraps (haha – I went with new everything) double grippers are AWESOME – stretchy with lots of tough thickness!! These will be the wraps of the future, especially for the raw lifters. Love them.

Weight felt very heavy on my back and I shook a lot. Not a good feeling but it’s part of adjusting again. Plus I have not had a deload in many moons. This will be a true test for me to see if I can make it to July 17 without falling apart but it’s my 5 year Anni, so I have to adjust.

I have heavy bench today (monday), lots of BB work Wed, heavy squat again Saturday ( over a grand for 2 sets) and then heavy bench on Monday (week from today) then I can deload… Jeebus halp.

I somehow made it through this weekend with 4th of july party and all. But I did sleep for 15 hours yesterday to today, so that should halp me.


Looking forward to working down to a 1bd in the SDP later today and dialing this beast in.

triples and doubles in the RPE range of 8.


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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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