Lunch with Dave Tate

Lunch with Dave Tate

In 2018, I was in Columbus, Ohio making my round, working on my bench press and squatting with Dave Hoff, doing some RPR stuff with JL Holdsworth, and on the last leg of my trip, I met with Dave Tate for lunch.

Having lunch with Dave was great timing as I was starting to see a fork established in the road ahead of me. I knew moving away from competing was inevitable, but I wasn’t quite ready to be done competing just yet.

“I begrudgingly ordered salmon, a baked potato, and a salad as I sat with Dave Tate for lunch at a bar and grille. Dave ordered a bunch of fried s$%^ I couldn’t eat.

I was chasing 2700 at 242 for the fifth year in a row. So, I made my rounds in Columbus; I benched with Dave Hoff on Wednesday night at Westside and spent Thursday with Dave Hoff and JL Holdsworth at the Spot Athletics. On Friday, before I left to go back to Jax, I met with Dave Tate for lunch before going to my last training session at Westside for squat night. It was our first sit-down in years, and catching up was fantastic and more valuable than I ever thought…”

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Brian Carroll

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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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