Anyone have any input on maintaining strength gains after running Smolov Jr? I’ve been running Wendler 5-3-1 for the past 8 months or so, but wanted to (need to) increase my squat so I decided to try Smolov Jr. Been reading different things that say it’s more of a “peaking” program, and I was curious how someone who has actually ran the program and what they transitioned to after to maintain those gains.
I’m a competitive bodybuilder, but just recently got into powerlifting also so this style of training is relatively new to me. I’m 5’7", 175 lbs right now. Just did a Raw push/pull comp with a 325 bench and 600 deadlift. I have a full meet coming up in December. Obviously I’d like to improve all my lifts, but my squat and bench need the most work. I’m running Smolov Jr. based off a 450 squat with the intentions of switching back to Wendler for squats (based off my new max) and then running Smolov Jr. for bench.
I’ve cut out deadlifts while doing Smolov squats for the sake of my low back, but figured 3 weeks off wouldn’t kill me and then throw them back in when I switch to Smolov bench. Any advice from anyone who’s been in a similar situation?