Brian Carroll Precontest Week 8, day 2 Bench

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I’m currently training for the RPS Meet in FT Lauderdale, Oct 25. I’m at about 3 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.

Weight has stabilized between 265-267 without too much effort. Once I cut out the crap at night, I should drop down to 260 pretty easily, but I dont want to do that now because I feel good, and my gear fits well at this weight.

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

Warm-up:
Mcgill Big 3
BW squats
Band fly
Goblets
KB swing etc

Going into this session, I knew that I had some rust to knock off, and to get back in the groove would be some work.

Traveling so much over the last bit, the wife got sick and so we both got a z-pack. I decided to stay ahead of the curve and started one myself. I’m not sure if it was the correct decision, but with everything coming up, I can’t afford to get sick and I’m not so..

The med made me feel like crap – no sleep a couple nights, but I’m sitting here not sick and catching up on sleep. I do think it messed with and elevated my BP. This was apparent when I starting to warm-up and put my shirt on.

Bench
405×1 chest
565×3 – 3bd, 2bd
705×1 – hand was asleep totally, racked it after a single
705×0 – went to sleep on the way down, then after I yelled something, I went back to sleep and laid on the bench for a minute.
Took my tampon out….
705×2 – 2bd, 1bd
755×1 – 1bd

Explosive push-up: 5×5
Bench dip: 50 reps
One arm press-down: 100 reps
Band fly: 100 reps

I had my shirt tightened up a bit and it’s PERFECT. Rudy has all my gear dialed in PERFECTLY!

One more session and I’ll be golden. If I dont croak. Just kidding, but the one set shown at the end of the video was the one I went out. This sucker fits perfectly.

My breathing was off too. I don’t think I got my last breath and that didn’t help me either.

All in all, good session, could have been better and I could have not wasted a set or 2, but thats the nature of the beast.

755 is around an opener for October meet, so I’m in solid shape. A second will be according to where I’m sitting after the squat.

I’m looking forward to Saturday.
The plan:
1100-1120 squat
780-810 bench
Opener/last warm-up on dead — we will see how much gas I have at this point.

If you’re in the howell/brighton/detroit area, please come out to the seminar, Octo 4 & 5. Make sure if you drop by either day, you say hi and introduce yourself! Thanks for the support!

We will be lifting some big weights on Sat, and is open to the public – so drop by and hang out, and Sunday is the seminar! Don’t miss this!

. All info is here on the flyer or this link: https://www.michiganbarbell.us/product/strength-for-a-lifetime-event/

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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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