Brian Carroll | World’s strongest squatter: Week 1 Squat training – recap

Happy New year!

I hope everyone is doing well; I wanted to give an update on my training and what’s been going on.

I’ve been a little under the weather, but thankfully feeling better now and got a training session in. This is just week 1.

I worked up to 465×5 on the squat, working sets of 5 (this set didn’t get recorded).

I did my usual belt squats, good mornings and suitcase carry afterward. Nice and light. No reason to push anything right now, just easing back into it.

Everything feels good, and I’m looking forward to getting back in shape. I have a vacation planned in March, and right now I’m too heavy and too fat. No good. In my last post, I was down to 288 but I’ve dad-bodded back up to 295, unfortunately. Holiday food and Reese’s cups get me.

I followed that with some belt squats and good mornings. I’m going to give a full write-up on my squat training for the 1306 this Friday, so stay tuned. There really are not secrets, but I did have a system I used during my training after I injured my arm. It consisted of a lot of direct squat work, and many variants of belt squats. I’ll give all the details soon as well as the techniques I used on the belt squat.


I’m also going to be teaching a lot concerning the squat (equipped and raw) via live & online seminars and videos, so be on the lookout! Be on the lookout for a lot more content and such.

Speaking of squat, I’m now officially carrying the best wrap on the market, Overkill Strength wrist, and knee wraps. Which will be live 1.4.21 tonight! I’m really excited about helping people add the best wrap to their gym bag. You can get there here, by Monday evening!

PS- I haven’t written about my other lifts because I haven’t been much, this changes now.

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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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