Brian Carroll precontest Week 6, day 1&2 as well as an update


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

I took the last week completely off, with NO loading of spine.

No training at all Saturday and Monday (days 1 and 2)

The only thing I did was walk quite a bit, and eat a lot of food. Thankfully, I didn’t gain any weight when I checked on Monday and I’m still sitting at 265.

The plan for this next week (which will be the start of week 6) is to take an opener squat and a second, as well as deadlift this weekend. I’m traveling and will be in Vegas for the Mr. Olympia weekend, so i’ll be interested to see how lifting goes with all of the variables that come with changing time zones etc.

I’ll probably take the following attempts if things go at plan, which they don’t always!
opener – 1000
second – 1050-1070

Opener – 700
Second – 735-750

Volume of assistance work is coming down, and the intensity of the main work is heading way up. Although when I get in the gym later today (Wed) I will do what seems to be a lot of assistance volume, but it will be really light to move some blood around and loosen up what needs to be loose(hips) and tighten up what needs to be tight ie back and legs.

I have no complaints about how training is going at this point, how my body feels and what I think I’m capable of this meet. This meet is a tune-up meet for March. The main goal for this one is to make weight at a healthy 242, get a solid total, and do so pain free. Anymore than this will be gravy. Of course I have bigger goals, but one thing at a time.

I have a good chance at hitting a nice PR total at 242, but I will need to have a good day. My best lifts at 242 are from 2008 1063, 785, 771 2570.

Looking forward to moving some weight!

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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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