Brian Carroll | Precontest| Week 5, day 2 | Bench

I’m less than 5 weeks out from the NJ Battle at the Boardwalk meet where quite a few lifters from the team will be competing. This should be a great time! I’ll be lifting in the 242 weight class.
I’ve come full circle and am back with Inzer Advance Designs, just like I was from 2006-2009 where I did some of my best lifting ever. I’m very excited about the opportunities this brings me and my team.

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.

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Made it back from Charleston Seminar on Monday afternoon just in time to bench with the crew at Samson.

I can honestly say that I didn’t have much left in the tank but I dug down and got some work in regardless.

John, Adam and Myself got to work on the bench right at 6

Normal Warm-up
Band Fly
BW squat

535×1 – 3bd
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605×2 – 2bd
700×1 – 1bd last warm-up
750×1 – half

Was supposed to take another set or two but very VERY dry. Too dry and didn’t want to pop something, so I shut it down.

I went on to hit the following light assistance:

Incline DB Press: 3×15
Band Fly: 3×15
Band Press-down: 3×15
Bench Dip: 3×15

A good but not great session, really. I hit my opener off a half board but wanted to take some 1 and 2 board sets. Just was not in the cards on Monday. I will have to make up for it a little bit this coming week which is a big week.

My plan for week 6 (Saturday) is to take 1100+ and a band set around 1150 to round out my heaviest part of the cycle. I’ll take openers one more week but this weekend will be the heaviest then followed with heavy on the bench monday.

Very much looking forward to this weekend.

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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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