RPS Meet part 1: Rest of the weight cut and refueling for meet day


The weight cut last Thursday was not an easy one, at all. In my last post I talked about the prep leading in which took me down to 257 with 24hr to go, which was perfect, or so I thought.

The final 24hr is outlined here in full detail here in the ebook Cutting Weight – the ultimate guide to weight class sports

I did all the correct prepping and such, but the water still did not want to come off. This could be due to a couple reasons.

1. I’m already down so much from 293 in May
2. I’m much leaner than in years past.
3. Stress
4. every cut is different, no two are the same ever.

Either way, I got the weight off, and the refueling went great. I had no stomach issues and ate plenty of food and beverage all day.

I do hate cutting weight, but the reward outweights the potential risk. Those that automatically say it’s dumb are usually (not always):
1. Super heavies or 308ers
2. people who have no will power or drive
3. not great lifters themselves and don’t get how much more competitive it can make you because they’ve never been themselves.

I went to bed at 269, and woke up at 267 which is a perfect weight for me. I had no issues cramping or feeling sick so I figured that it went about as good as it could have. I felt full, but not too bloated.

Note: going forward – I’m going to continue to make my way to 255 so I’m in much closer striking range, and it’s not such a process.

Next part I post will be my goals leading into this meet, and how the meet actually went.

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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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