LT 065 | Brian Carroll – 10/20/Life

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In Episode 065 I had the honor to sit down with Brian Carroll a legend in the sport of powerlifting. Brian and I met this past February at the McGill 2 seminar. After chatting a bit during the weekend I asked him to be a guest on the podcast. I was also lucky enough to receive a copy of Brian’s book 10/20/Life.

Brian and I discuss his career, his book and how you can apply these principles to your own training.

Here is a bit more about Brian’s background:

A competitive powerlifter since 1999, Brian Carroll is one of the most accomplished lifters in the history of the sport. After suffering a debilitating back injury in 2012—including several broken bones—Brian used his 10/20/Life principles, which incorporate the methods of world-renowned lower back specialist Dr. Stuart McGill, to return to competition with a 2610 pound total winning both the 242 open & the overall at the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival.

Career Highlights:

  • Holds, or has held, multiple world, national, and state records in the 220, 242, and 275 pound weight classes.
  • One of few lifters to attain a professional powerlifting total in three different weight classes.
  • One of even fewer lifters to be ranked in the top ten in three different weight classes at the same time.
  • Ranked second in the world in the 275 pound class with a total of 2730 and a historic 1185 squat—a then-world-record that, although since broken, most still consider to be the true record due to depth issues.

220 Class:

1030 squat, 633 bench, 755 deadlift
2375 TOTAL (10th best of all time).

242 Class:

1064 squat, 785 bench, 780 deadlift
2610 TOTAL (3rd best of all time).

275 Class:

1185 squat, 825 bench, 800 deadlift
2730 TOTAL (3rd best of all time).

Brian has also totaled more than ten times his bodyweight in three different classes, and both bench pressed and deadlifted over 800 pounds in two different classes. In his career, he’s totaled 2500 over fifteen times. Since 2005, Brian has not slipped out of the top two in the American rankings in both the squat and total, and he’s been ranked number one in both categories at 220, 242, and 275 pounds. With 35 competition squats over 1000, spread over three different weight classes, he’s indisputably one of the best squatters of all time.

Here’s what you will learn in this interview:

  • Brian’s background and career in powerlifting
  • The reason for writing 10/20/Life
  • Dr. Stuart McGill
  • Why this book is a philosophy and principle based, not a program
  • Balance between training and life
  • Four phases of a warm-up
  • “Availability supercedes ability”
  • Why you must take the mindset that “Every lift is the same, no matter the weight.”
  • The Gift of Injury

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