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 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 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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