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

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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

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!
Squat
opener – 1000
second – 1050-1070

Dead
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

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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