Excerpt From 10/20/Life – THE Six Questions You HAVE To Ask Yourself About Your “GURU”!

By: Brian Carroll

“Numbers on the platform are cool, but who have these gurus trained under? Who have they coached that’s been successful? What’s their level of education, and what have they done? You should know all these answers if the guy whose training methods you’re following is supposed to be a legend in the industry. All too often, however, we find these guys’ bark is far worse than their bite. That, unfortunately, is what the strength industry has turned into.

When you’re looking for a coach, 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?


When choosing a coach, numbers on the platform are a good measure, but longevity is key, too. You’ll notice me referring to lengthening your career and not being a one or two-meet wonder throughout this book. This means you want a coach who’s put up big numbers over time—and not just some flash in the pan who’s done it once or twice.

The great ones stay around for decades, not years. Those are the people you want coaching you.

As Lil Wayne says, “Players play, coaches coach, and cheerleaders cheer.”
Which one are you? Think about this. Is your mentor or coach someone who makes you want to be a leader yourself? Is this person making a positive difference in your life that compels you to want to excel instead of being average? Or, as is too often the case these days, is your mentor a style-over-substance guy who’s getting by on his cult of personality? You can’t have both, so choose wisely.”

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Brian Carroll

Owner and Founder at PowerRackStrength.com
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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