Training update – Vegas/Key West and what’s up going forward


What a blur the last few weeks have been. I was in Key West, followed by Vegas the week after. Some business, some pleasure.

The plan was to take a total deload Key West week, and recover as I had 5 weeks in a row heavy. That worked fine, and I got a bunch of much needed R&R and came back ready to train and got a decent session in.

Then to Vegas. Anthony Pastoralla arranged a training session in his gym in Vegas for me and that was very cool. As luck would have it, the gym has a water main bust as we were walking up, so no training! Unfortunately, I’d arranged to have spotters there – JJ/beth and Mick/Mandy, Ria and others and when this fell through, that was my window of opportunity.

So here I am. About 4 weeks out from the meet so I have to put something together over the next 3 weeks. This weekend (tomorrow) I’ll take something like this.

NOTE: overtraining is not going to be a factor. I’m def on the side of UNDER-training haha.

9/27 – Squat: about 1000, then 1080-1100 and Dead: 700 then 730-750
9/29 – bench: about 750 then around 780 full range
Seminar weekend 10/4: 1100 squat/ 800 bench and around 800 dead. Note: you can come hang out with us this weekend. Hang with the pro’s on Saturday(10/4) then “strength for a lifetime” seminar on Sunday (10/5).

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As you can see, I have some big sessions ahead of me, but one at a time and that starts with flipping the switch tomorrow.

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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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