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 Carroll is committed to helping people overcome back pain and optimizing lifts and movement. After years of suffering, he met back specialist Prof. McGill in 2013, which led to a life-changing transformation. In 2017, they co-authored the best-selling book "Gift of Injury." On October 3, 2020, Carroll made history in powerlifting by squatting 1306 lbs, becoming the first person to break this record. He retired with a secure legacy and a life free from back pain.
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