Brian Carroll | Week 12 | Squat and DL with video

I’m still training, and getting closer to being a Dad. I did see that my friend Daniel Dalenberg is going to be a Dad, too in Sept. Congrats, dude.

Anyway, I decided to I needed a lighter week on the squats, so I took the SSB and did very fast sets of 5 with 3 plates, then wanted to pull something for 5. I needed a week out of the squat briefs, and I feel better already as I work my squat out wider.

Here’s how it went:

SSB squats: 335x5x3

Wagon Wheel deads (about 3.5″):






Nordic curl: 3×3

Sled drags: 100yd x2 trips front/backward

Good session! Squats were easy and fast. Sets of 5 on the deadlift, with a new bar sucks, but it’s what we are doing right now. I’m thinking more outside the box, and letting the guys have more input into what we do. It’s been nice to sit back more and just train.

Deads didn’t feel good but you won’t feel good every session. Most times meet day, when it’s time to pull you won’t feel good so you have to push on. On the first rep, I thought “this is heavy, I must have the coronavirus.” I kept going and made the set.

There’s nothing I like better concerning lifting than waking up Sunday morning feeling wrecked from a productive session of squats and deads. I just love it. Getting out of bed, groaning while I walk around and moan when I have to move; but I finally confessed to Ria that it’s fake. I have been faking it like Kramer.

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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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