My Powerbuilding training update

I know I said that I would be better about updating my blog, and it was a half-truth. I’ve been doing updates but NOT about my training, more so rants.

Don’t worry, you’re not missing a great deal.

I’m just going through an offseason with more of a power building intensity and volume. Moderately high volume, moderate intensity, fast pace.

The first phase prior to deload was SSB, Bench press, and block pulls (shown above in pic), the second wave is now Cambered bar, CG bench and opp stance pulls.

I’ve gotten my diet back on track, the key with that is really not wanting to be fat, and not keeping junk food in the house.

Also, I’ve been busy working on something special with some special contacts that I have. I can’t say much yet, as it’s not for sure, but I’m trying to bring a high paying invitational powerlifting meet, that only the very top echelon of lifter will be invited to.

This meet will include covering all expenses: first-class travel, food, board, VIP treatment, and NO entry fee. If I have my way, everyone who is selected and enters gets paid just for showing up. It will be held at a special location and will be unlike anything tried before. Maybe something similar in 1975 in the IFBB, but nothing in powerlifting.

This meet is not intended to be anything like the WPO (people have asked), or anything we have seen. It’s an invitational only type of competition. No dilution, no slipping in after one big meet.

And my goal is to bring the top level of lifter from each platform. Beginning with the most simple of lifts: the deadlift. Raw, equipped, semi-raw? You have to have the backing and support, and this is nothing new, I’ve said it from the start about the WPO. You will NEVER get who you want without big cash.

Again, this is nothing like the WPO, and will not take place in the states. I’ve voiced my opinions to the WPO in the past, as well as plenty of time publicly. We have completely different end goals and the model is different, so there is very little common ground to start with. To me, it’s not it. Far too many qualified lifters, not enough top talent pulled in. The numbers are clear, this is not the way.

I’m saying this so I don’t have to hopefully answer this too many more times – this is not my venture, I’m only part of it.

How does this get done? Lots and lots of hard work — We will see. So far it looks potentially promising for something this fall. But it’s certainly not official. More soon.

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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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