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 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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