Brian Carroll | Squat, deadlifts and a few thoughts

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I just finished a few offseason cycles of very productive lifting. Nothing in life is perfect, so I’d say on a scale of 1-perfect, my offseason was about a 6.5. Hell, last year I took 3mo off from any training.

I worked heavily with the SSB, floor press, and elevated block deads to attack my quads/lockout weakness, my midrange and lockout on the bench and pretty much the same for deads as I’m way faster/better from the floor. I didn’t wear a belt for nearly a year.

 

Anyway, getting caught up.

I haven’t posted a log in a few weeks as we have been converting the new site over. That said, the last 3-week mini-cycle as been going great. I’m back in gear and using this time to dial in my Inzer gear.

Week one was around 70% range as per 10/20/Life with loads in the 700’s on squat and 500’s with the deadlift

Week two was around 80% range with loads in the 800’s on squat and 600 with the deadlift.

Due to scheduling, I skipped my 3rd-week deload and moved it to week four

Week three I will outline below with weight ranges just over week two.

Normal custom warm-up 

Week 3 Squat & deadlift session: 

Pred Brief size 38 with grid 

455×1

550×1

635×1

700×1

Add LUP size 2xl 

765×1

865×1

905×1

Deadlift from 2″ block

225×2

315×2

405×2

Add Fusion 38 with velcro straps

500x1x2

585x1x2

635×1

Bottoms up carry: 200yd

Suitcase carry: 200yd

 

Good & productive training session! I’m getting used to the gear pressure once again after almost a year.

Honestly, I was gassed from the pace I set for myself during the squat which was a little fast. The straight bar still feels quite weird on my back but the time using the SSB not only helped me work some weak points, it allowed my neck to heal up some. Glad I did this.

Squats aren’t quite as fast as I’d like but they are pretty good. Deadlift feels like it’s faster than ever and stable.

I’m now due for deload and will regroup and prepare my next 3 week mini-cycle. Again, I like doing 3 weeks at a time.

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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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