Brian Carroll RPS Knoxville /Gene R Memorial 10.3 update

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been slammed. But good slammed. Training is on point, my body feels good, and I’m weighing right at 300-305, and feel good at this weight. I can’t tell you how good it feels to not worry about every single thing that goes in my mouth, then fear the scale the following three days. Screw that crap. At least for now.

We added to our group and also took away. We’ve had anywhere from 8-10 people training. We are now down to 8, which is an excellent number for our spot—two groups of four.

People ask me what I want from people who train with me – I require dependable training partners.

The most important thing: I need hungry people who aren’t sensitive and want to get better, no matter the cost. Which, I’m sure you know, is very, very hard to find. People know the right things to say, but when it comes time to show up on time consistently and get after it, then take some trash talk, maybe some correction and coaching -some don’t do so well with that.

Good riddance, no hard feelings, but it’s not for everyone. Because if it’s not right for you, then it’s certainly not good for you to being negativity to the gym. What I’ve found is people want to commit, but under their idea of committing, not what is required.

Anyway, I’m super happy with my current crew, and we are looking forward to TN in 5 weeks.

So two weeks ago, I took 850 for a single on the squat, and it felt super comfortable. This was week 2.

Last week (week 3) was a deload because my hip was angry. The wider stance isn’t just an adjustment in standing wider, it’s an adjustment for physiology, and my hips reminded me of this. It’s going to take some time to adapt.

Week 4 I took 1065, and it felt perfect; need to dial in the details more. Hip was happy.

Bench: this lift has come along pretty quick – only going by my raw work. Now, tonight (8.31.20) will be my first time back in a shirt since Covid. I did have the shirt tightened up in the sleeves. The weeks prior, the goal was working on getting my raw base up to something decent, and then 2 weeks ago, before the deload, I worked up to 500 off the 3bd x2, which is a sign I’m heading back in the right direction. My best is over 600 raw, so that’s where I need to be off the boards.

Lastly, deadlift- the last few weeks have been mainly rack pulls, followed by speed pulls from the floor, up to 500lbs. I’ll be working these up more over the next couple of weeks, but so far so good. I might move to block pulls this week instead of more work with the DL bar.

For those following along, I’m far less rigid with this program in some ways, but I’m more disciplined in others.

To wrap up: I’m still dialing in my Shirt and DL suit, but am very close to figuring out my squat suit, form, and set-up. You’re never there, always something to work on.

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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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