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.
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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

Bench
425×2
500×2
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 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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