Brian Carroll | Precontest Week 3, day 2 | Bench

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 was pretty unsure how things would go on Monday since Friday-Monday was pretty much a blur. I had a lot going on but it was a very fun weekend. I have not stepped on the scale, so it doesn’t go out the window Tyson style.

I’ll check it tomorrow (Thursday) after a Valium.

Bench night went VERY well.

The goal going in was more work in the 58 SDP with a little less volume but more weight and to end on a lower board with a last warmup.

Here is what we did:

Normal Warm-up
BW squat
McGill big 3

500×3 shirted up – 3bd
600×3 -3bd
700×2 – 2bd
730×1 – 1bd

Close grip 4bd

Band fly: 3×15
Bench dip: 3×15


Shirt is now pretty much molded and dialed in except for the arms being a little large, so I’m getting them taken in a little bit. Very happy with the shirt. It truly feels like you are raw benching in it with such a forgiving groove as well as it letting you flare or tuck on the way down. I prefer tucking at the top to get my back tight and then flaring a little on the way down and then flaring toward the top of lockout. Sounds weird right?

I have a couple smaller SDP shirts coming but this will be at least a great opener shirt for me.

All the weights moved well and felt WAYYYY better than last week – not even comparable.

Next bench session the plan is work more 2bd volume and then maybe a couple more 1bd, then not stretch the shirt out anymore for a couple of weeks.

Very happy with my bench and squat right now. Still lots to do.

With that said – I’m looking forward to the deload after next week!

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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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