Brian Carroll | Week 4, day 1 & 2| All 3 lifts

I just finished a very poor showing at the Battle of the boardwalk in NJ where I bombed on the squat. I’m currently dialing in my squat technique and will stay in some equipment over the next few weeks to dial in technique that is still new to me and I’m adjusting to.

I’m very motivated to do so. I’ve written about FAILURE being the biggest motivator for me. And it’s worked, once again.

I’ve come full circle and I’m back with Inzer Advance Designs, just like I was from 2006-2009 where I did some of my best lifting ever. I’m very excited about the opportunities this brings me and my team.


I’m after the total record at 242 of 2695, and squat record of 1140. My best total ever is 2730, and best squat ever is 1185 – my best individual lifts combined are low to mid 2800’s at 275. My best total at 242 is 2610 and I will be adding to that very soon.

I will get the squat and total record, even if takes 20 more tries. Support from family, friends, my team and Inzer will help get me there. I just have to execute.


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Training is going very well. This added raw work and filling out has been a huge asset. Nothing is every perfect and I think pretty much anything can be fine tuned a little bit.

Here is what I did on Saturday:

Normal warm-up
McGill big 3
Band Squat
KB swing


* all felt pretty good. Still adjusting to the new suit but taking my stance in really makes me feel so much more stable.

600×1 – 2 singles

I also did some light assistance work but really I was slightly sore from Wed’s piston squats and direct quad work. But, I feel so much better now that I filled my quads back out and are hitting them with plenty of direct work.

I still have a few form issues to iron out with my squat but it’s a good 70-80% more solid and better.

Dead felt very good as well. I felt a little bit of baby powder on my hands as I set-up so I ended up babying the lift a little bit and squeezing it up. lol

Feeling better about my lifts each day.

Ok, now for Monday’s bench:

Normal warm-up
McGill big 3
Band fly

I was breaking in a pretty much new SDP
515×1 – 3bd
605×1 – 2bd
705×1 – 1bd
750×1 – half
750×1 – half

* felt very good and my set-up was on point. Very happy with how this felt. Right where I need to be

Bench dip: 3×15
Incline DB press: 3×15
Key press SS Skull: 3×15
Band fly: 3×15


Great session.

CONFESSION: I’m competing at the RPS Meet in Ft Myers on 10/3. I was on the fence about it and frankly, didn’t want to compete again util the arnold but MINDY UNDERWOOD right away was in my ear about getting back after it and sewed some good seeds that ended up being watered by my good friend Adam Crosby (he’s one of my Chiros) and I had a good talk after mindy was on me about lifting and opened my eyes to a few things.

Once I started to consider, I went to my friends and teammates and asked them what they thought and we decided to play by ear. So far so good.

HUGE Thanks to Team Samson and PRS for their support and help. I appreciate all of you!

I need to take a few lifts on Saturday for the squat and bench to dial in a few details but I’m pretty locked in.

Thank you for the support!

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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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