Brian Carroll Week 1 Squat Training RPS Gene Rychlak Memorial 10.3.20

I’m going to make my updates for this meet a weekly thing.

Week 1 squat training went pretty well. The idea here is to knock off some rust and get back into the groove. It did the job —

Saturday, 8.8.20

Squats in single-ply OK briefs + wraps

700×2 – with Duffalo bar

Good mornings


Belt squat


Lock hip big 3: 2 rounds

Finished up with more prehab and such. We’ve changed out split around a little bit so we allow for a focus on the DL, and it not being treated as an afterthought, whether intentional or other. It’s easy to get into this habit. We all agreed that a change would be interesting. For me, on paper, it’s not the most ideal split, because after pulling, I have to turn around and squat 60hrs later, but I’ll adapt to it, and not push too hard right away.

Anyway, that’s why they call it an experiment. LOL.

I’ve pulled/squatted on the same day for the reason of recovery, but now it’s time to give something else a try. Taking most of 2019 from competition training/competition has set me back a little bit, but I really don’t care.

It’s going to take me some time to get where I want to be and to adjust to the added bodyweight and new gear. There’s a lot that needs to go right before I can maximize a run at 275/308. I think a good way to end my lifting venture to better my numbers at 275 (currently 2730 from 2011), post-injury, just as I did at 242 (2570–>2651).

This last run I’m doing for me. I’ve always wanted to total 2800. My official best lifts at 275 — 1185, 825, 800 which is 2810, so we will see.

Back to training- first week back, really and everything went as expected. My recovery still isn’t quite right, nor is my stamina from COVID, but I’m feeling so much better mentally and physically. For that, I’m grateful. I’ll be adding in more gear over the next 2 weeks, but this week will be a bridge back into real training. I’ll probably suit and shirt up next week.

It’s been an awesome year, regardless of the hangups I’ve had. Looking forward to finishing the year strong. We have a good group who is ready to push, I’m stoked.

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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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