Podcast with Dave Tate at Elitefts HQ and a few thoughts

Dave is a mentor and a good friend. I’ve known Dave Tate since 2006-ish. We became friends in 2007, and kept in touch over the years at meets and always chatted. He’s seen me lift out of my mind, he’s seen me crap the bed, and he’s seen me everywhere in between; my best and my worst.  I was a sponsored lifter with Elitefts.com for about five years when I branched out and started PRS in 2014.

Dave and I reconnected about two years ago a few years, after not seeing him much when I came up (to Columbus) to work with Dave Hoff on my bench press in Feb 2018. We sat down and ate and talked for about 3hrs. I enjoyed this. And two years have just flown by. LOL. Not much has changed. Same people, same thoughts, older body.

Dave’s always had a massive influence on my lifting, helped support my pursuits and has offered wisdom to me, even when I didn’t want it but needed to hear it. We are a lot alike, meatheads; He’s crazy, but so am I. So, I wanted to do another off the cuff conversation with him but on a podcast. The opportunity came as I was heading to Columbus for the Arnold weekend and made arrangements for getting in early so I could see everyone.

We decided NOT to eat lunch before the podcast, so the flow of the show was organic. We didn’t even talk before going on air.  I enjoyed this, and I hope you do too!

Sorry about some of the graphic language and stories, but I’m 100% real and far from perfect; just two meathead-friends having a conversation about life, family, training and our mental instability. You must be able to laugh at yourself and I do often. Thank you Dave Tate and crew for having me on, it means a lot.



0:00 Introduction of history and accomplishments

10:05 Arnold cancellation and the Coronavirus

17:40 Powerlifting meets

27:39 Raw lifters getting into geared lifting

37:35 What have you kept and got rid of from your back rehab routine?

43:49 Pain killers

47:12 Family, TRT, regrets, and priorities

1:01:37 The spinal health habits you won’t get away from

1:10:27 Having your ideas ripped off

1:20:50 Greatest of all time

1:28:36 Haters

1:39:08 Risk and rewards

Live Stream questions:

1:44:17 Dr. McGill has recommended against the box squat, what are your thoughts?

1:46:45 How do leverages change with weight gain?

1:50:17 Tips for a raw lifter trying to get into multi-ply lifting?

2:03:41 I’m starting powerlifting at 30 and currently have a 1300 pound total I’m 6’1’ in the 242lb weight class can I get to world-class total before my body falls apart?

2:08:35 How did you get into powerlifting and how did it change your life for the better or the worst?

2:13:07 Does a wider stance equal a stronger squat in multi-ply?

2:16:32 What are the best ab exercises to build a strong core for powerlifting?

2:32:13 Thoughts on using the reverse hyper outside of rehab?

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Brian Carroll

Owner and Founder at PowerRackStrength.com
Brian Carroll is committed to helping people overcome back pain and optimizing lifts and movement. After years of suffering, he met back specialist Prof. McGill in 2013, which led to a life-changing transformation. In 2017, they co-authored the best-selling book "Gift of Injury." On October 3, 2020, Carroll made history in powerlifting by squatting 1306 lbs, becoming the first person to break this record. He retired with a secure legacy and a life free from back pain.
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