Morgan Colling | Offseason | Week 1 Bench & Deadlift

I recently competed in the XPC Finals at the Arnold on March 4th in Columbus, OH where I totaled 745 @ 123. I don’t currently have my next meet selected, although I plan on competing at some point this fall. I recently began a long offseason under Brian Carroll’s tutelage.


Everything is feeling good. My bench felt strong this week and I’m excited to have floor presses as my main movement for a while.

Tuesday: Bench

  • Warm-up
    • McGill big 3
    • Side lats & band flyes
    • Hip & shoulder mobility
    • Bench 45x2x10
  • Set work
    • Floor press 5×5 – top set 125
    • Form bench 80x5x2
    • DB incline bench 3×10 – top set 30’s

Boom done. I love bench day. Short and sweet. Really focusing on cues that Paul Key gave me when setting up for my bench. Trying to bring the bar down lower on my chest and keep my knees pushed out.

Friday: Deadlift

I knew that I was in trouble when I saw the word “pause” a million times in my programming. Pause deadlifts are so necessary though because in addition to helping me pull quicker off the floor, it’s killer for your core.

I played around with using both and over and underhand grip for my pull-ups. I’ve gained about 10 pounds and who the fuck knew that pull-ups would be THAT much more difficult? I did sets of 5 which I wouldn’t necessarily consider failure, but volitional fatigue. I used to be able to do many more consecutive pull-ups, so I’ve got some work to do.

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Brian is a world-class powerlifter with over two decades of elite and pro-level powerlifting under his belt. Coming back from a devastating back injury in 2012 that broke multiple bones and that most experts said he would never recover from, he has returned to the pinnacle of world-class lifting (while 100% pain and symptom-free) and is now dedicated to helping others avoid the same mistakes that he made in the past through private and group coaching in Jacksonville, FL. Brian’s impressive recovery has given him the opportunity to teach and deliver talks to physical therapists, chiropractors, medical doctors, professional strength & conditioning coaches and experts from all facets of sport, on how to avoid injury, while building anti-fragile strength and resilience in athletes.
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