Hey guys so I have been following the smolov full squat cycle and now I have finished the mesocycle (almost) i have done my last sets today and next week I have to test my 1RM. The problem is that my left knee has swollen a lot and due to that I am not able to even get into a normal squat position without lots of pain. So since i have to test my 1RM next week what can I do to cure the knee swelling to get back to where I was in order to test my max again. I will not do any leg work until my squat max attempt.
Where is the swelling specifically? (Patella tendon, inside, outside, etc.) How bad is the pain on a scale of 1-10?
General advice before that info:
- Try voodoo flossing, compression, and elevation. As well as moving it as much as you can without causing pain.
- Don’t think that you HAVE to test your squat 1RM, just because it’s in a program doesn’t mean you have to do it. Especially with smolov which so many people get overuse injuries from (what i’d guess you’re dealing with now)
- If you think you need to see a doctor, you probably do.