New Podcast: Unfiltered

Please check out this brand-new podcast I did with Unfiltered!

Jonny and I had a fantastic conversation — This podcast I did back in November is one I really enjoyed. We dove into the depths of the psychology of big lifts, drugs, dosage, and all things physiological with training, lifting, and retiring. We also talk about my work with Prof McGill. 

“What do a large adult male polar bear, a grand piano, and a 1962 Lotus Elan all have in common?

They each weigh around 1300lbs, the equivalent to about 600kg or 94 stone.

Which also means that the bear, the piano and the seminal sports car could all be successfully squatted by Brian Carroll, the retired powerlifter, author and spine health consultant, who holds the record for the heaviest squat of all time at an incredible 1,306lbs.

Even for serious strength athletes that’s a number that’s almost impossible to comprehend. For a clearer comparison, picture someone squatting with 14 plates each side: they’d still be almost 30lbs shy of Carroll’s record.”

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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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