Brian Carroll Week 1, day 1 – Squat/DL day

I’m back from a fantastic vacation in NC. I ate some really great food, had a full week completely checked out from work and got to spend quality time with my Wife Ria and the boys.

Anyway, back in the swing of things. Starting this mini-cycle off with 3’s, and will taper down to 2’s and 1’s. Check it out:

Normal warm-up:
a. Band flye
b. McGill big 3
c. Band squat
d. Empty bar

SSB squats, RAW with sleeves – RPE 6-7
top set of 485×3

2″ block pull – RPE 7
top set of 500×3

Belt pause squat: 4×10
Bottoms up carry: 4×50 yards each hand
Stir the pot: 50

Good day back.

Clint Smith and I are on the same training schedule right now and putting in some good quality work. This was the first day I’ve squatted/pulled in about 3 weeks and I could tell, though it wasn’t bad. I’ve posted about the obstacles I’ve dealt with. Trivial, and some self-inflicted. Probably just about all of them. Most of our obstacles are in some way our own doing. I feel the quicker one realizes this, the better the life trajectory.

For the record, I loathe the SSB bar. I always have. BUT, we do what we suck at and attack our weak-points, right? Training won’t always be fun, it’s work.

The key after a little bit of a layoff or some setbacks is having your mind right, expect it to feel off and prepare for the worst. I think as lifters we get spoiled with so many good days that we start to expect every day to be ideal. This is not realistic.

I’m glad to be back to training.

Thanks for tuning 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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