Brian Carroll Precontest Week 4, day 2

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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

Warm-up:
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.

Bench:
405×2
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

DONE.

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.

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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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