Training update Squat/DL – Week 3, day 1 and day 2


I’m currently training for the RPS Meet in FT Lauderdale, Oct 25. I’m at about 10 weeks out. My bodyweight is hovering around 264 in the AM, and I will slowly move toward 260 over the next couple of months, where I want it to stay.

NOTE: Team Samson will also be doing a Seminar the following day, stay tuned for details.

I’m going to compete at 242, as I feel better there, overall.

For the full story of why I decided to go 242, read this: A Look in the Mirror, Part 1

Mcgill Big 3
BW squats

Going into this session, I knew I didn’t feel great, so I just went in as best as I could and got mentally prepared to do some work.


Suit on, straps down
Straps up
910×1 – felt like crap
1000 – had issues with unracking
1050 – same

Played with some gear changes and mods
500×1 – 3 sets

Felt like crap….

Mcgill big 3 and called it a day.

I couldn’t get set under the bigger squats. Looking back, I changed my training some to modify for travel and this was 4th week in a row in the suit, so thats part.

The other thing was just being a little beatup overall, and this tends to manifest itself in my calves and feet. weird, right?

Also, I was experimenting with squat width, and it was a failure. Move on and adjust.


I was extra fired up to bench, so I made sure to rest up and come in mentally charged up.

455×1 – 2bd
shirt on
605×2 – 2/3bd
705×2 – 2/1bd
750×1 – 1bd
815×1 half, didn’t quite graze it, but sorda did.

bench was what I was expecting. I know I’ll lose some strength being smaller, but I’m really working on maximizing my form and with wearing a tighter shirt, I stand a change in benching close to my 275pr at 242.


Now things are about to get hard with tons of travel.

I’ll make it work. [share title=”Share this Article” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true”][author title=”About the Author”]

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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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