SWIS 2018 – Part 1

A professional event is the best way I describe the SWIS 2018 weekend. 

I can tell you that if you missed SWIS this year, you missed out of some info that you’ll never have the chance to catch again, and I can nearly promise you that. That is unless you buy the video when it’s released in a few weeks. For more information, go here. 

Thank you Ken Kinakin and team for putting on one of the most professional, organized and flawless weekends I’ve ever been a part of, no matter if I was lifting, attending or speaking. It was amazing.

Keep in mind, this was my first time attending a SWIS, but I’d heard so many good things about it that I couldn’t wait and I was not disappointed.

From the location (Hilton hotel), only a few minutes from Toronto International Airport, the overall production, organization, quality of speakers, number of delegates to how we were taken care of and treated, to the food. All top of the line. I don’t think it could be any better.

With the entire 2.5-day weekend of speakers concurrently speaking five at a time in five different rooms, the amount of wisdom, knowledge, and experiences shared and exchanged this weekend should be its very own world record. I can’t even get into the many different “specialized” panels; maybe in another post, especially the one Saturday evening as that won’t likely happen again. Perhaps in part 2. 

With more than a week’s notice before SWIS 2018, both the delegates and presenters were provided a clear and concise full weekend schedule. This information allows for plenty of advances for preparation for all parties, and it went, in my opinion, and what I witnessed as flawlessly.

After each 1.5hr session wrapped up, you had 30min to gather yourself, grab a drink, go to your hotel room for a snack, or make a last minute change in deciding where to go next and get there early if you wanted an excellent front row seat. Then, it was onto the next one of five of your choice.

The only “issue” I saw (and had myself), which is a good issue; Ken openly admits and calls a “quality problem” is when you have two (or more) presenters presenting at the same time slot, then you have to pick who you want to see MORE. In my case, I would go to both and catch as much of each as possible.

Once again, thank you, Ken, for the honor of being included in such an incredible weekend.

Much more to come.








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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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