Brian Carroll Precontest Week 4, day 2


I’m currently training for the RPS Meet in FT Lauderdale, Oct 25. I’m at about 10 weeks out. My bodyweight is hovering around 264 in the AM, and I will slowly move toward 260 over the next couple of months, where I want it to stay.

I’m going to compete at 242, as I feel better there, overall.

For the full story of why I decided to go 242, read this: A Look in the Mirror, Part 1

Mcgill Big 3
BW squats
Band fly

I filmed a video series with Joel Jamison over the weekend. Don’t know who Joel Jamison is? Google him.

I think it came out great. It addresses the big 3 and the programming of the squat/bench/deadlift as well as how 10/20/Life is THE strength system that can work for you and I explain the ins and outs. I basically cover this top to bottom with both hands on, and lecture. I’ll post more about this soon.

Anyway, I was pretty smoked between the 10hr of filming on Sunday/Monday AM and then Saturday’s heavy session.

Driving back to Adam’s, I had EVERY excuse come to mind as to why I shouldn’t bench heavy and why I should take it easy blah blah.

F#$k that. I knew it would be a struggle, so I prepared for the worst and got ready to push as if it were meet day.

Again, on days like these, have perspective. “if I can do this on a day like today, I can do it any day of the week”.

Find that place mentally where you turn it on like a switch. It’s a matter of mental toughness. Just Remember to turn it off when you are done. Otherwise everyone will hate you.

500×2 3bd
shirt on
605×2 – 3bd, 2bd
705×2 – 2bd, 1bd
755×1 – half opener
785×1 – half second apprx

CG bench: 3×8
Band fly: 3×15
Band skull: 50 reps


755 and 785 felt about the same. 785 is my best at 242, so I’m on track to hit a NICE pr.

Everything else felt good. Just glad I get about a week off to recover.

I’m glad I stuck to my guns and pushed through.

Know your body, and what it’s capable of. [share title=”Share this Article” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true”][author title=”About the Author”]

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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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