Brian Carroll Week 5, day 1 – Squat/DL day “Path to the WR total at 242”

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Notice the title of the log

Currently training for the XPC Arnold weekend March 7

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 less than 5 weeks away from now, give or take.

This cycle is flying by like nothing I’ve ever seen.

Feeling good about training and my goals overall, but have to execute and step up to the plate.

I went into Saturday’s session confident but at the same time I typically have 2-3 sessions per cycle that are a complete wash. This was one of them as squats were just off.

I came in a little lighter in bodyweight than the previous weeks and had some set-up issues and gear was huge. This ended up making me pretty frustrated for about 10min and then I was over it.

I pulled very well right after so that made up for it.

Here’s what I did

Normal warmup
Mcgill big 3

Suit buttoms
straps up
950×1 – full gear last warm-up
1050×1 – tried 2x to set it up and I was all over the place

625×1 – last warm-up
715×1 – opener
765×1 – second

Rolling plank – lots
Goblets to open up hips a little bit


So the squats were a mess but my deads were right on. It’s how it works sometimes. I’m not even remotely worried about it. I’ve been doing this long enough that if even ONE thing ie bodyweight is off just a couple of lb, you are potentially in for a long day.

I’ll be staying light (262ish) but also having some of my gear taken in to meet in the middle. Most of it is pretty big.

Tonight is the last heavy session (bench) before I go into the deload week. I’ll be taking some weight tonight and the goal tonight is to make it through in one piece as the amount of heavy training is starting to catch up to me.

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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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