My name is Rod, and I like to party.

My name isn’t actually Rod. But if I have to explain the movie reference any further, then we probably can’t be friends.

My name is Morgan and I am all things noob. Noob of the PRS team, noob powerlifter…you get it. I am thrilled to be part of what I consider one of the most solid teams around. My role here will consist of weekly features; nothing is off limits! I may feature team members’ training logs leading up to their meets, results from those meets, training PRs, newsletters, updates, and much more. The cool thing about my column is that my coverage is not just limited to team members. I will be keeping an eye on social media and intend on featuring lifters following the 10/20/Life principles. If you’re interested in being featured, make sure to tag #1020life in your posts! You can also email me at morgancolling@gmail.com if you really thing you’re cool enough for an article all about you.

Enough about you. Let’s talk about me.

I am 23 years young (insert Blink 182 lyric here) and have lived in Wichita, KS throughout my entire life. Just so we’re clear: I don’t live on a farm, there aren’t any yellow brick roads, and I’ve never seen a tornado. I am a 56kg (aspiring 52kg) raw w/ wraps lifter with meet bests of 270/165/320. My next meet is on December 5th over in KC at Impact Elite hosted by Ben and JP.

Speaking of Ben and JP, that’s initially how I discovered 10/20/Life. A little over a year ago, I competed at the Great Plains Regional Powerlifting Championships in El Dorado, KS. Big Ben was also competing and squatted 832 raw w/ wraps that day. He and his whole crew were sporting 10/20/Life tees, and I thought to myself, “The biggest, strongest dudes in the room are about this 10/20/Life. I need to see what this is all about.” And the rest is history, I guess. I bought the book, started training following the templates, and eventually sought the help of the man himself. Brian has been working with me for several months now, and we are about to start MEAT prep where I hope to qualify for the Arnold.

Per Jordan Wong’s request, my educational background is follows: I am a first-semester graduate student at Wichita State University where I am earning a MEd in Exercise Science and a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. I am currently focusing on exercise science and human factors, and am part of a research team studying the functionality of smartwatches while performing physical activity. Don’t ask me what it is that I’d like to do with my education, because like most college students…I don’t fucking know. Simultaneously, I am finishing up the last three credit hours of my BA in Exercise Science and will graduate in December.

I work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Human Performance Studies. I teach six credit hours of undergraduate courses and coordinate the Center for Physical Activity and Aging program as well. In addition, I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and work as a personal trainer at my local YMCA. I have been married to my best friend (but not in the way that most people say it, because he is actually my best friend) Louis for two years and am a proud puppy mommy to my 4-month-old American Bully, Chappie. If you follow me on Instagram, you are well aware that I am “that” puppy mom. And if you don’t…then follow me @morgan56kg.

Enough with the riff-raff…momma’s gotta eat. Plus, Chappie is crying, which probably means that she pissed all over my kitchen floor.

Edit: She did, in fact, piss all over my kitchen floor.

Also, GREAT work to Brian, Byrd, Lisa, Danny V. (we should start calling you that), and Filipe who competed over the weekend at the RPS South Florida Conquest.

Smell ya later.

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Brian Carroll

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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