Brian Carroll Week 5, day 2 – Bench 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.

Last heavy training session for the next 10 days.

Byrd was like a robot yesterday. It went something like this;

Me “man, I feel like dung. I’m feeling the need for the deload”

Byrd “you have to push through it”

Me “man, I’m angry and feel like SHIT”

Byrd “we have to get it done, it’s getting close. You do it right today, it will very easy when recovered”

Me “yep lets do it”

^^positivity is contagious, just like negativity

Here is what the session looked like

Normal Warm-up
Mcgill big 3
Band fly
Empty bar reps

Overkill shirt
605×1 – 2bd
695×1 – 1bd
750×1 – 1bd – opener
805×1 – 1bd second
805×1 – half second

Close grip 3bd: 500x3x3 RAW DOG< Dawg Band fly: 3x15 Band skull: 3x15 Rolling planks..... DONE Forearms have been SMOKED since last Monday touching the lower boards so today was a real test of mental toughness. But, the homestretch is in sight. I'm happy with the training session 100%. I am getting used to adjusting the shirt and each week I feel better in it. 790-805 will be my second attempt give or take at the xpc. This will be my third weight class with an 800+ bench, so I'll take it. Not too bad for a full meet guy I guess who's not built to bench at all. I'm going to work on dialing in my set-up even more on bench as I have two more shirted sessions (three if necessary) before the meet. Still a few things I need to do ie stick the lockout better but its close. I'm going to take the next week off from any heavy training after Wed, 2/4/15 and resume heavy training on Saturday, 2/14 with some heavy squats and deads. I think this will be perfect. I will still do my core work and band stuff but no bars in hands or the back. Time is flying by. I'm excited to rest then get back to the heavy. Check out our 10/20/Life hoodies and tees HERE

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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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