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 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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