Strength athletes control your variables?

Strength athletes control your variables.

Strength athletes, how well do you control your variables? I recently wrote an article for where I discuss variables and how to stay in the game long. This pertains to strength athletes, mainly but not limited to only strength athletes. Stepping away from strength sports after 20 years of competing gives me a unique perspective on the path after sitting back for the last two years. Many of these points are covered in my strength training book 10/20/Life which was released in 2017, also.

Strength athlete variables

This article covers different things one must consider when being all in, such as diet, stress management, training partners, and training on how to compete. It’s incredible how often these variables are overlooked in one’s pathway.

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“Experience is the best teacher. Now that I no longer compete, I want to help strength athletes stay in the game as long as possible. So here are some of the big rocks or boulders you should focus on in your training and your entire approach, especially if you’re trying to compete at the highest level many people overlook.

Of course, this is for the strength athlete, not only the equipped and unequipped powerlifter, so don’t check on me. Nevertheless, most of these details are incredibly pertinent, regardless of how you choose to compete, and are in no particular order.”

To read the entire article, please go HERE. 

For those needing guidance and coaching or needing a consultation with Brian Carroll, please click HERE. 

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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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