Recently, we caught up with Paul Carter of LIFT-RUN-BANG fame, in anticipation of the upcoming ‘Building the Ultimate Beast’ & ‘Ultimate Powerlifting Seminars.’
In this interview, Clean Health founder Daine McDonald picks Paul’s brain on his influences, personal training methodology and what you can expect to learn from his forthcoming seminars with co-presenters Ed Coan and John Meadows.
- When did you start lifting weights and what got you into it the first place?
I got started lifting when I was 14. I was living in the northeast part of the country and spent that summer training in marital arts. My instructor got me into the gym and it wasn’t long before I figure out that lifting was something I loved very much.
- Many people don’t know that you didn’t always work in the fitness industry. What did you do before and why did you make the jump into this industry?
I was a computer engineer for 15 years. I was in the military and doing computer work for the intelligence group and when I got out I kept on doing that kind of work for a long time until I decided to make this my full time job.
- Who are the top 3 biggest influences in your career?
Probably Dorian Yates, Charles Poliquin, and Ed Coan. I was very much into bodybuilding for the first 15 years of my training and Dorian was the guy I admired the most in that regard. His training style and intensity and love for hard training were something I identified with very much.
Charles, who is a close friend now, was a guy I learned so much from about training, nutrition, and supplementation.
When I made the switch the powerlifting Ed, another good friend now, was the guy I studied about and learned so much from.
- What does a typical week look like for you in regards to your own training? (Be as specific as possible!)
Right now I’m back to my roots and doing a lot of bodybuilding style work because I am in the middle of a recomposition, after dieting down from 290 pounds.
I generally train four days a week.
Day 1 – Chest and Biceps
Bench Press or Incline Press – 2-3 working sets of 4-8 reps between 365 and 405 pounds.
Flat or Incline DB Press – 3-4 working sets of 15-20 with the 110-120 pound dumbbells.
Flyes – 2 sets of 12-15
DB Curls – 1 set of 20
Incline DB Curls – 1 set of 20
Hammer Curls – 1 set of 20
Day 2 – Legs
Seated or Lying Hamstring Curls – 4 sets of 12-15
Standing Calf Raises – 2 sets of 12
Sumo Leg Press – 4 sets of 12-15
Hack or Pause Squats – 1-2 sets of 5-10 at 500 pounds
Stiff Legged Deadlifts or Good Mornings – 2 sets of 10-12
Day 3 – Back
V-Bar Pull downs – 4 sets of 12
Any Type of row – 2 sets of 20
Meadows Shrugs – 4 sets of 12
Rear Delts – 4 sets of 20
Day 4 – Shoulders and Triceps
Seated Press Behind the neck – 1-2 sets of 8 at 275-295 pounds
Seated Side Laterals – 4 sets of 12
Upright Rows – 4 sets of 12
Rope pushdowns – 2 sets of 20
Cambered Bar Pushdowns – 1 set of 20
Reverse Grip Pushdowns – 1 set of 20
Overhead Rope Extensions – 1 set of 20
- What type of clientele you do you primarily work with these days?
I work with powerlifters, bikini, figure, physique, and pro bodybuilders. I enjoy working with anyone who has a tremendous amount of drive to get better and improve.
- You are known in powerlifting as the guy who never wears a belt. Why is this?
About 10 years ago I kept having back problems and Dr. Ken Leistner told me to get rid of my belt, and learn how to brace my trunk properly in order to build that entire area better. After I learned this I never had low back problems or hip problems again and I just never put a belt back on.
- Do you believe that raw powerlifting training is under-rated when it comes to athletic performance for strength sports? If so why?
I think raw powerlifting has really taken over in regards to what is more popular now (compared to geared lifting). I have lots of friends that still do geared powerlifting but it’s obvious at this point that raw lifting has eclipsed geared lifting in terms of popularity.
I also think that lots of athletes and strength coaches now understand that powerlifting style training is probably one of the best routes to go in regards to getting athletes stronger.
- When did you first meet John Meadows and what are the top 3 things students can expect to learn from the ‘Building The Beast’ 3-day camp that you both are doing in Sydney?
I have known John online for a very long time but didn’t actually first meet him until the 2014 Mr. Olympia. I think that John and I are going to bring a lot to the table for our seminar and cover just about everything one could expect in regards to barbell work. Both strength training and bodybuilding and all the facets involved in getting better not only at those two things, but also for general athletes and casual gym rats who just want to get jacked, strong, and lean.
- When did you first meet Ed Coan and what are the top 3 things students can expect to learn from the ‘Ultimate Powerlifting’ 2-day camps that you are doing in Perth and Sydney?
I met Ed years ago at a meet I did in Chicago. Three things I would expect people to get from he and I are….
- Perfecting of lifting technique
- How to properly program for both the offseason and meet peaking
- How to overcome plateaus and learn the proper mental attitude to approaching the bar
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In this video, see Paul in action in a display of incredible strength at a powerlifting meet in the squat, bench and deadlift.