Brian Carroll – Week 3, day 1 & 2 training and an update


Notice the title of the log

This is NO DISRESPECT to lifters like current and former 242 greats Juha, Panora, Hoff or ANYONE at all. It’s in reach and I want the total record, especially since I was pretty close a few months back. I’ve actually chased it on and off for the better part of 10 years.

I’m not predicting shit, calling my shot or anything like that. The fact is that I’m pushing that 2700+ at 242. Will I get it? Let’s see. I’ve hit it quite a few times at 275 while not being 100%. Either way, I’m on the path toward it, I just hope I get there, and will log pretty much everything about the process. This will also keep my accountable to make sure I’m doing what I need to be doing.

Arnold is about 6.5 weeks away or so from now, give or take.

Feeling good about training and my goals.


I did a seminar with Paul Carter in Madison, Wisconsin last weekend. I thought it went very well. It was timed perfect with my deload as well, so I could focus on the seminar with no distractions…

I’m still dealing with whatever sickness I got a few weeks ago, but feeling better each day. Luckily it wasn’t as close as the North Pole and I didn’t get more sick.

Week 3 is very light and will be really turning it on over the next couple of weeks until another deload then the home stretch to the Arnold.

Mcgill big 3
KB swing
Goblet squat
Stir the pot
and a couple other easy things….

Mcgill big 3
Incline DB press: 4×10, 1×20
Band fly: 5×15
Band skull: 4×15
Rope extensions: 4×15
Shoulder distraction/dislocation – few
Hammer curl: 4×15

Nothing heavy, all light. My L shoulder is giving me some discomfort, so I’m going to keep it from getting too tight with the band-shoulder movement every day that Paul Carter really believes in. I need to make sure that my larger delt (left) will not hold me back from getting under the bar and 100% properly this weekend.

Squat: I’m looking at going 900-950×2 – straps up w/ wraps
Dead: I’m going 650-680×2 – straps up

I’ll stay within an RPE of 7-8 but might approach an 8. This depends on how everything feels and moves on the way up to my top sets for the day.

BW is 260 in the am which is my goal weight. If you’re counting at home, thats 5-7lb lighter than where I was last cycle on average. This is good for a more simple and less harsh cut.

Any questions, let me know but I’m hungry for this meet and excited.

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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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