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 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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