Brian Carroll – SWOT 2016 Write-up


SWOT 2016

Going into the weekend there was a lot up in the air. Should we bother? Can we swing it? Can the logistics work? How many people am I going to piss off? Will it be a CLUSTERFK?

As my days of being a competitive lifter wind down, I really cherish weekends like our first SWOT.

One thing I promised myself is that I would NOT lose my temper or get stressed all weekend. Believe it or not, I succeeded. Did I want to? Yes. But I just stayed relaxed and actually enjoyed the process.

The weekend started off with Sushi Friday night at a decent place in Jax. AYCE made to order. Is it the best sushi around? NO, but it’s good and priced nice so we went there.


We came back to my house and BS’d for a while and then it was time to sleep. Fun times.

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The next day started off with Cracker Barrel bright and early at 7am. We finished eating right on time to head to Adams Compound by 8:15 –just as planned. Warm-ups started and we got right to it. I won’t go into everything that happened on Saturday but here are some highlights:

Lisa G- Really? 2 years and 225 squat and dead to – 400 squat and dead?lol Just another squat and dead PR. WTF. Todd, thanks for all your help handling and coaching. Lisa went with an easy 380 squat and pull.

Morgan Colling – excellent lifting – 300 squat and pull. PR’s.

Byrd was the MVP of the weekend with some big squats and a BIG PR 755 dead.

Crystal with a nice 305 squat PR and an easy 335 pull.

Zane struggled a little bit like I did but pulled a 705 dead with just finger tips!

Beth dialed in her squat with a nice 510 PR and some bench tweaks.

Clint Smith with a nice gym PR of 755 on the squat!

Keith – handling the whole gym and hitting weights I dream of hitting at 50.

Jason K with a nice 615 raw squat PR.

Will K hit a nice 725 Squat PR. NICE!

Danny V – easy 655 Raw squat PR.

Channing – excellent first 705 raw squat PR!

Shane Ford – excellent squatting post injury with an alltime PR of 550×3 raw.

Adam squatted an EASY 850 and would have squatted 900 if not for a mishap on the unrack.


I did not squat very well, and made a couple of mistakes and missed 1100 badly. But, I pulled it together on the dead and pulled my first 800 post back injury, after a long afternoon of lifting.

Here’s how my day went:
1000 – perfect rep
1100 – couldn’t have been worse – Fked it all up
Let it go and got over it…… By then it was almost 1 and had been squatting since 9am. I was gassed.
No freak outs still…
I told myself I’ll pull 800 to make up for it. this would be the first time in about 5 years and first time post back injury and rehab.
700 – smoker

800 – smooth

Pretty happy with this one!

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All in all, totally happy with the weekend. Could I have lifted better? Yep, but I’m not worried about missing a squat. I screwed it up bad, so my fault.
I have a bunch of people to thank:

First, thank you to my awesome wife Ria Carroll. She was such a trooper all weekend and the week leading up to. I don’t always deserve such support as I can be an ungrateful A-hole or just oblivious at times.

Second, thank you Adam Driggers for letting us lift in your gym and use the facility this weekend as well as ALL of your help over the last 12 years. With all you have going on, it means a lot. Thanks to Jamie Driggers as well for letting us all borrow the property with a whole herd of lifters. I know it’s an inconvenience at best.

And in no particular order;

Paul Key – Thank you so much for your bench help and advice. You’re an AWESOME coach. Glad to add you to the PRS Website. You will be a great addition.

Conrad – thank you so much for all of your help with food this weekend and for being so damn helpful in the gym on bench day. I’m still eating this food. Super awesome.

And thank you to the PRS team. All of your support and loyalty means a lot. Also thanks to the wives and husbands of the team who support and back us!

You haven’t heard the last from us. XPC Arnold in 2 weeks!


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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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