Brian Carroll Week 7, day 2 – bench “Path to the WR total at 242”

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 3 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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Heaviest bench session of the whole cycle!

I got my head straight on Monday and had a great bench session to wrap up the heavy bench work until the meet!

Normal warm-up
Mcgill big 3
Band Fly
Band Skull

Training
Bench
425×1
Shirt on
525×1 – 3bd
605×1 – 2bd
715×1 – 1bd
765×1 – half bd
815×1 – half bd
825×1 – half bd

Incline DB press: 3×15
Band fly: 3×25
Band Skull: 3×25

Best bench day of the cycle.

I’m heading to Santa Barbara, CA this week for a Seminar. I will be taking my last heavy squat, bench and dead this friday and then pretty much coasting in for the Arnold.

Nothing hurts and body feels good. It’s really taken some time to get my shirt dialed in and used to the groove but I really think I have it now.

I need a small PR at 242 on bench to set me up for the total. My best is 785. I should be good for over 800.

This time is flying by!

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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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