Brian Carroll’s Follow Up: The six questions you HAVE to ask yourself about your “GURU”.

By: Brian Carroll


As I’ve written about at great length, there are so many strength training programs and gurus to follow with people pulling you in so many different directions. Suddenly and OVERNIGHT – everyone became an expert on strength. Now, anyone and everyone with a powerlifting total (some more like a subtotal) are putting out ebooks, tips, and content, videos on ‘how to’ as well as other things they have NO BUSINESS doing. Why do they have no business doing this? WATCH THEM!! They are obviously clueless! A tree is known by the fruits it bears, right?


I’m probably the world’s WORST handyman. My wife would attest to that 100%, TRUST ME. It’s painfully obvious that I SUCK at it, even if I do happen to get lucky and ACTUALLY fix 1/10 of the things I blindly and accidentally fix.

THE LAST thing I’m EVER qualified to do is ADVISE others on how to fix shit. Obviously, my knowledge is lacking on the subject as I suck at it, BAD. So, with that said: how the F*CK am I supposed to pass on knowledge and practical application on a subject that I obviously am clueless about, and far from an authority in ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM?

Oops… Sorry for the rant. Back to the questions from the post the other day:

When you’re looking for a coach, just use Dave Tate’s list of questions. If you can’t answer one or more of them, or the answers you find aren’t good enough, move on:
1. What’s his/her educational background?
2. Who are his/her mentors?
3. Who has this person coached?
4. What has he/she done in this profession/sport?
5. Has this person been able to make people stronger than they were?
6. How good are they at what they preach?

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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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