Brian Carroll | Week 4 of 6 | Day 1 & 2 | RPS US Open Training


Once again – I’m super proud of the team I have put together and how they handled themselves in Ohio both on the platform, off it and in general all weekend. They were a HUGE help to me and I am really grateful.


I just finished competing in the XPC Arnold Finals where I didn’t have a great showing and missed a few lifts. This left me in Second place overall.

I’ll be going head to head for 5K against Jimmie P, Tony P and Hopefully Matt M. Not sure if he can make it though.

So, I finished up my deload work and started to crank up a little bit on my assistance day. Feeling tons better and so glad I got the rest that I did.

Going into the last training session the goal for week 4 was to get a last warm-up in as well as an opener and things went great. The deload did me a TON of good and I haven’t felt this strong in a long time.

Here is my lifting from Last Sat –

Normal warm-up McGill Big 3

Last Warm-up – 950
Opener Reverse Band – 1020

725×1 – 2 singles

One Leg GM: 3×15
Leg press: 3×10
Stir the pot: 100

Excellent session. My back cramped on the 950 as I was setting up, so I cut it a little bit and beat JB’s upcall. I will make sure to sit down better this coming week. Super confident in my lifting right now even when things arent completely locked in. Very excited for this weekend to take an opener without bands and a second with bands.


Bench day – we were a little short handed so no video. But it went awesome! Having a lot of luck with the groove of the SDP in the Navy material. I like black and the navy – both have perks. I’ll elaborate on this soon in a video

Raw 405×2
3bd 480×2, 505×2
added SDP
600×2 – 3bd
680×2 – 2bd
725×2 – 1bd
750×1 half – smoked it!

Some various assistance…. Incline DB press, dips, pressdowns etc.. Great day!

So basically one more session of each and then some BB work and time to lift. 2 weeks out from this coming sat, so at 12 days out (monday) I’ll take an opener and maybe a second off a 1 then it’s time to rest and recover.

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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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