Training, rehab and coaching my athletes with voice-over


As promised, over the next months, I’ll be updating (weekly) my biceps rehab progress, my bodyweight reduction, as well as working with the guys in the gym, as well as a few particular projects, equipped lifters I’ve taken on.

I’m looking forward to the next year and what sort of surprises it will bring us all. Hopefully, not another virus; I don’t think our families can handle much more time together! We are only one week out from Christmas, so I hope you are ready.

Me? I’ve been chilling, learning how to be a dad and dropping my bodyweight from 307 on 10.3.20 to 288 on 12.17.20.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New year, and I encourage everyone to take an inventory of what GOOD has happened this year and focus on the good vs. the bad stuff we’ve all encountered.

Over the last three weeks, I’ve gotten back under the bar and have lifted with the team, which has been a nice change. Nothing heavy, but here is what I’ve done for the last three weeks.

Week 1: 235x5x3

Week 2: 315x3x3

Week 3: 345x3x3

Good morning: 3×5

Belt squat: 3×10

Stir the pot: 50

Carries – as the biceps has allowed.

For the other two days, Monday and Wednesday, I’ve lifted, but it’s been very little barbell work on the bench – up to 185 5×5 – but I decided I wanted to do light DB’s the entire month of December, just for something different. I have nothing coming up, so it’s nice to go to the gym and say, “I don’t want to strain today, so I won’t.” Trust me; it’s way more fun and cool than it sounds, you should try it sometime in your offseason.

Other stuff I’m doing daily: Shoulder big 3, ROM for flexor and extensors, some triceps extensions to balance out the arm

Also, DB presses, incline DB presses, skulls, lat pull-downs, and a lot of band work.

Now you can see why I haven’t been doing too much updating. It’s very monotone and boring, but it’s the stuff I’ve needed. My arm is progressing nicely and except where the incision is healing, my arm for the most part feels normal. Near the incision, it’s a bit tender and still super tight, but doing carries and such hasn’t bothered it. I’m giving it proper rest, taking tons of CBD and my sleep is better than it has been in a long time. Actually, my sleep for the last few months has been overall better, but it’s still not great with crying babies. One thing I’ve excelled much better at this year is getting in bed early; this is due to the baby’s schedule. Sometimes I get in bed by 8:30 pm, even when I was prepping for the meet. My usual time in the past was 11:00 pm.

Going forward: I’ll be doing videos, voice-over videos, and updating and working with a few athletes here as well:

Derek Wade: I’ve made a deal with this guy that will keep him accountable and on track. He knows he has all the potential in the world but needs to save himself from himself. He’s totaled over 2500 already, let’s see what I can do in a year with him.

Anthony Hobaica: One of the easiest transitions I’ve ever been a part of with a raw to equipped lifter. It helps that he’s worn some single-ply in the past and has trained with some top equipped lifters to boot. We already made 2250 and 2358 at 198 in our first two meets. I’m excited for 2021.

Oso: Already a 1215 squat on the board. To my knowledge, it’s the only time a coach and client have squatted over 1200 in the same meet. Should be easy to corroborate since there are less than 20 1200lb squatters, ever. Maybe around 15? Anyway, he will be going over 1300, I’m pretty sure. Big things from this guy.

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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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