Brian Carroll | Week 1 day 1 | Squat

The last couple of weeks we have been working on the cambered bar; chains included. So this week, after our deload, we moved to bands on the cambered bar.

The goal was to work up to a set of 3, 2 then a single at the end. We realized with this bar and bands, doing more reps than a couple was probably not very wise.

We all worked up pretty heavy and felt solid. I have just about everyone in the gym converting over to equipped lifting so this was an extra cool day.


My top sets for the day were:

600×3 plus bands




Anything more than this is risky, as we don’t know what the bar can actually handle, so we are going to switch things up a little bit this weekend and adjust.

I haven’t been pulling or benching because I strained my pec a couple of weeks ago right before the babies came. It’s not hurt bad, thankfully. If you’ve been reading my blogs over the last 10 years, I typically strain a pec about every other year, so I wasn’t surprised. It’s life.

This Saturday at about 10:00 am EST, Dan Bell is coming to PRS HQ to squat. He is going in briefs as he will be doing some multi-ply lifting in the coming time. We are going to keep adding plates till one of us misses or taps out. We will also be live-streaming this from my account briancarroll81 on Saturday.  I’m looking forward to this weekend, I feel very strong on the squat, and with the wider stance, I’m slowly feeling stronger than ever. I have a feeling we will be working up to 1150 or so, Make sure to tune in!

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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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