Brian Carroll | Week 1, Day 1 | Squat & DL Training

Saturday kicked off another 3-week mini-cycle. After reevaluating my own training, some experimentation with clients, and just sifting through Gift of Injury so many times (writing it/editing it), I’ve concluded that for me, planning more than 3 weeks at a time is too much.

At my lifting age and current demands in life and the gym, it just works better this way.

This mini-cycle I’m adding in the following:
Belt
Pred Brief
Gripper Knee-wraps
Fusion DL suit
and the SDP has already been part of my offseason prep.

Goal for the next 3 weeks:
1. To lift more weight (haha) with the addition of equipment
2. Continue to fine-tune my approach and form
3. Get used to tighter, better fitting equipment

Version/Bar of the big 3 lifts I’ll be doing:
Squat-Buffalo bar
Bench-Bulldog bar, flat bench (no more floor press)
Deadlift-2″ block pulls

Here’s Saturdays session:

Squats RPE 7 in 38 Preds
500x1x2
605x1x2
645x1x2
685×1

Deads RPE 7
400x1x3
500x1x3

Belt squat: 3×10
Suitcase carry: 4×50 yards
Bottoms up carry: 4×50 yards

I went into this session with low expectations. I hadn’t donned any powerlifting equipment since Arnold 2017, so there were a lot of things up in the air. I have to say, it went pretty well.

Squats felt pretty good, though briefs were tight. Deads, again, the suit was tight but fit well. These are the things I’m not used to- pressure and tight fits.

I accomplished much more than I was expecting, so very happy. I’ll be ramping up a little bit next weekend to beat this week.

Fun stuff.

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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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