Brian Carroll Week 6, day 1- Squat/DL Deload “Path to the WR total at 242”

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 toward 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 4 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.

Hit the wall last Monday night, so a light week/deload was 100% in order.

I had a good 2 weeks of training – minus a crappy squat day…

Here’s what Friday night deload looked like

Normal warm-up
McGill big 3
Band fly
Band skull

1-arm KB swing: 3×12
Goblet KB squat: 3×10
1-leg GM: 3×12
Rolling plank: lots
Banded shoulder mobility work


Sometimes I choose not to put a bar on my back or in my hands for a deload week. This is the ultimate deload as I really get some good rest and recovery.

Now if technique was a major issue at this point I’d be working the lifts at around 50%. Since I’m pretty locked in, I can take a full week off basically.

Not too much to report on but feeling good. I’ll continue with the deload this week then crank it up for the next 2 weeks where I’ll be taking some big weights.

Saturday is especially big for me since I forgot how to squat last session. I think I’ll be just fine but I like a challenge for sure.

I’ll make a separate post on RUM here soon. It was a very fun weekend filled with some brutally strong lifts.

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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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