Brian Carroll | Week 1, day 2 | Floor press + SDP pressing

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I’m starting another 3-week offseason training wave and this is how it will go:
Week 1 – squat triples with SSB, block pulls for deads (throughout), second-week doubles, and the final week of the 3-week wave will be singles. I have been (and will be) starting with floor press on bench day, then going to equipped bench in my SDP (following the same rep scheme as above squat/dl day) as I really work on dialing in the details I’ve missed over the years. All RPE will be 6-7 and no higher than 8 on week 3. *I will be adding in elbow and knee sleeves along with wrist wraps for this cycle.

Normal warm-up as outlined in 10/20/Life (customized for my day to day needs)

Floor press – RPE 7
375×3 (in the dark with mosquitos all over us!)

Equipped bench in SPD
500×3 (not shown)
685×2 – 2bd

Incline DB press: 3×10
Incline skulls: 3×10
Bench dip: 3×15
Stir the pot: 100

Good bench session. Now, with the time change, it gets dark quite early, so I had to press on the floor in the dark! Not too fun.

I’ve been working in my new SDP for a few weeks now and adjusting the shirt much lower than before. With the lighter weight (esp this week), it’s quite difficult to touch but those who bench huge weights in this shirt really pull it low.

This is priority #1 for me right now in offseason – dial in my equipped bench. I need to keep a better groove and push back more. This will take some time.

Also, I’m out for another couple of days because of this:

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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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