Brian Carroll – Week 9, Last weeks training

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 a week away.

This cycle is flying by like nothing I’ve ever seen, and now it’s over with.

Feeling good about training and my goals overall, but have to execute and step up to the plate.

Wednesday I was back in the gym doing some upper body recovery work since the Friday prior was a pretty taxing day, plus the long travel to and from the West coast and the time change etc.

I decided to take a last warm-up squat last thursday after I got my squat suit taken back to the original size. I was getting leaner but apparently growing more than I accounted for.

Thursday, here is what the session looked like. I was done in about an hour flat as I had obligations and made the most of my time.

Normal Warm-up
Mcgill big 3

briefs on
suit bottoms on and straps up
910 – added wraps

I had a nice pump in my quads by the end of the session due to my pace but that’s fine. I can adjust pretty well depending upon the pace of the meet. I will say this – being much less fat has really helped my conditioning.

I’m happy with how the weight felt and everything of that nature. I wish I could have taken some bigger squats than I did in training but I don’t really care – nothing I can do.

This is the 10th year in a row that I’ve officially been squatting over 1000lb in competition and have done so every year since (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and this year) so I will do what I always do – squat well.

Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise since my other lifts are up and could have been too much pushing the squat too much. Who knows.

Saturday- week 10, I did a lot of blood flushing in my quads, pecs and back to help promote recovery and start the glycogen flushing process.

Today, Monday – I’ll be doing more of the same type of upper body workouts to get ready to drop weight.

I’ll continue with these type of sessions throughout the week.

I’ve prepped well for this cut and eliminated anything out of my house and life that will throw the cut off. I woke up at 257 which is about 14.5lb above my class limit. This should be a very simple and painless cut but I’m prepared for the worst, and hoping for the best. Get the cutting weight ebook HERE

I’ll update each day this week and keep you in the loop!

I head to C-bus on Wednesday Am and weight in Friday afternoon.

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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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