Brian Carroll – update and trip to Relentless DT


16-ish weeks until the Arnold, which is March 7.

I’m starting my offseason work this week. I’ve had enough time off now. I’m ready to get back to it.

I plan on bringing my bodyweight down to the 260 range vs 265 – 268 so I can make the cut as simple as possible. I’ll be working on dropping the bodyweight slowly over the next 10 weeks.

I’ll continue with my walks every day, and I’ve actually added in some hill sprints to switch it up for a while.

The goals for the Arnold are to place well, and hit some big numbers at 242. I think with a good day, there’s only a few people who can beat me.

I’ll be working on building up my tricep/chest strength as well and back and quads. This last cycle was more of a retention cycle, as I tried to keep as much strength from 290+ as possible, so now the goal is to have some solid offseason time to build some strength/momentum going into the prep phase. You can read more about how I do this in 10/20/life.

Last week, I went to Relentless in Detroit to handle Dan Dalenberg and D Wade.

They both lifted really well, and Dan went over 2000 raw in wraps/belt only at 242. Here is part 1 of Dan’s series “from 1500 to 2000 raw” .

Relentless was a cool experience. Lots of great lifting and a well run meet with a lot of really good lifters on the roster. It’s for a great cause too as I think they raised around 214K for some families in need. Very cool.

I got to see some good friends and catch up with some people I’ve not see in far too long.

I got back last week, and only trained 1 day. Here is what I did:

Mcgill pull-ups
DB presses
BW piston squats
1leg GM’s
Mcgill big 3
Hammer curls
and a few other little easy things

Got a nice pump. It’s not been about 3 weeks since I’ve trained, and I’m feeling motivated to put some work in.

I have been traveling a whole lot over the last few months and it’s starting to catch up with me for sure.

Once I got settled in for a day or so, it was time to go to West Palm for WPC worlds and handle a few lifters and hang out with some of my best friends.

Lots of good lifting this weekend, and I’ll talk more about this in another post this week.

Lots going on, but it’s mostly really good stuff that will pay off in the future, for sure – especially with seminars being booked for next year. Very good stuff.

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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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