Brian Carroll Week 7, day 1 – Squat/DL – “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.

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.

Less than 3 weeks out from the XPC Arnold

Saturday, 2/14 Squat and Deadlifts

I had my gear tightened up and it is PERFECT…. as long as I’m even NEAR my correct weight.

I came in heavy this day and It made it hard for me to get through the session… I will explain more below.

So I ended up having to flip flopped my last 2 heavy days. I was going to only take last warm-ups while in Cali (2/20/15) but decided it was best to take them this Saturday when I was struggling to make the gear work since I bloated too much….

I’m not going to say I wasn’t mad at myself, But I made the best of it. I got really mad for a bit then was over it. Only myself to blame.

McGill big 3
Band fly

Squat in briefs 650
Straps down 750
Straps up here on out 840
same 950 (last warm-up) I was all over the place and legs were dead

625 (last warm-up)

KB swing: 3×15
Rolling plank: 3×25
Birddog: 10x10sec hold

I’ve talked about how certain training sessions are going to be a wash – it’s just part of the process. This was one that was a learning experience but not a wash.

I was afraid of being too light like a couple weeks ago and came in about 6lb heavy. hahaha. I always seem to learn the hard way.

I don’t have very much sodium in my diet but lots of carbs and fluid every night prior to bed. The only thing I changed was having Outback the night before lifting. 2 lobster tails and butter, 1 large serving of AHI tuna, 1 outback special, 1 Baked Potato, broccoli and that’s all it took to take me from 262.5 that AM to 269.5 Saturday AM and I knew I was in for a bad day!

So, around 50 total carbs (potato was medium), lots of fat and protein with a SHIT TON OF SODIUM.

I know what I’ll be eating post weigh in!

This was almost a total wash, but I AT LEAST got in some work and learned a lot. I even got my lifts in that I was going to take the following in Cali next week so really, nothing lost. Except I’m more motivated.

This also will make me take bigger weights in a different environment which is always a good thing.

I’ll be ready to bench well tonight (plan is to take the heaviest weights of cycle) and then Friday I’ll be doing all 3 lifts as I’m highly motivated to take some weights then shut it down until the meet. This will be the last week of heavy training then just recovery crap.

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Brian Carroll is committed to helping people overcome back pain and optimizing lifts and movement. After years of suffering, he met back specialist Prof. McGill in 2013, which led to a life-changing transformation. In 2017, they co-authored the best-selling book "Gift of Injury." On October 3, 2020, Carroll made history in powerlifting by squatting 1306 lbs, becoming the first person to break this record. He retired with a secure legacy and a life free from back pain.
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