Brian Carroll | Precontest Week 4, day 3 | Squat/DL assistance

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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Made it through a tough 3-4 weeks of training and I’m very relieved. I feel a bit tired and at the same not too beat up right now, just need some rest, which is coming up.

I wanted to make sure nothing was too taxing yesterday so I kept it very very light…

Normal Warm-up
McGill Big 3
BW Squat

DB shrug: 3×10
Band fly: 3×12
Band skull: 3×12
Hammer curl: 3×12
Band Squat/hip mobility: 3×10

Lots of McGill big 3 and foam rolling my lateral quad/ITB.


I don’t plan on doing much of anything heavy over the next week. I’ll do my core work, some push-ups, chins, one leg DL and maybe some BW squats and that’s it while I’m on vacation.

Some much needed time away but i’m going to come back swinging hard once I’m rested!

Big training sessions on the horizon with my best people over the next month. Really 2 heavy sessions left and one opener week is all!

A few notes:
I’ve been getting massage and chiro work every week
I’ve been making sure to get plenty of sleep
and I’m still walking a mile a day, 6 days a week or so.

This is all paying off as I’ll be making the cut from a high 250’s vs a low 260’s and as some of you know, it makes a HUGE difference. Just a few lbs….

I’ll check back in soon!

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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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