Brian Carroll | Squat session at Westside Barbell

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I’m a little bit behind on my log. Two weeks ago, I made a trip up to Columbus, Ohio (yes the week BEFORE the Arnold) for both business and pleasure.  I’ll outline this entire trip in an upcoming article. Stay tuned. 

With this said, I was able to get a lot done on this trip and very glad I made it happen.

Friday night squat at Westside 2.23.18 with Dave Hoff and crew. (Huge thanks to Dave Hoff {and Kellyn for letting me borrow him} for having me up for a couple of training sessions)

We had a great crew of lifters on this night.

I’m considering doing a ‘tune-up meet’ this spring at some point before the WPO, so according to the plan, it was time to take my first 1000lb squat since the Arnold of 2017, which made it almost a year since. I was coming off a deload week, so I was feeling good. Before the deload week I took a squat just over 900 and it felt good. Again, unfamiliar territory after a year of offseason work.

Normal 10/20/Life warm-up

a. Bodyweight squat plus heat creme

b. McGill big 3

c. Band flye/hip airplane

d. the empty bar for a few reps



500 with preds

650 same

790 added Leviathan Ultra-pro, gripper knee wraps

915 same

1005 same – moved well.

Dave Hoff and I were doing a little jawing back and forth about who would move 1000 faster. These exchanges were more to get me motivated than anything since I’d been so long since I’d taken some weight. Don’t worry, in my article about the trip will entail a lot more details and video.

I have to say this is the best my squat has felt in about 5-6 years. It is probably partially due to the environment, who I was lifting with and the excellent handling skills of legend Jim Grandick wrapping and pulling my straps.

I always feel good coming off the deload and ready to ramp up when the time comes.

This night was a step in the right direction, 100%. I will be well prepared for the WPO in November as everything else along the way is more of a learning experience.

The offseason work and time away will pay off when it counts. Stay tuned for more.

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Brian Carroll

Brian Carroll

Brian is world class powerlifter with over a decade of elite class 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. 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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