I’m on my fourth round of mini-smolov for floorpress. It has also had good carryover for benchpress. I do floorpresses because benchpress causes shoulderproblems for me.
Progress on these rounds have so far been:
5kg-7.5kg-2.5kg and currently running it for the fourth time. I do some exercises for back, but nothing extra for shoulders, and not anything else for pressing. I started at a 1RM of 130kg in the floorpress this summer, then it went 130-135-142.5-145 with mini-smolov.
When I increased 7.5kg I ate a lot and developed a big stomach as well. I am trying to reduce stomach size, and therefore progress was less in the third round, but still 2.5kg extra pressing strength from 3 weeks of training is worth it.
To add to this I have been training for almost nine years, and benchpressing has always been a problem for me due to shoulder problems, but now when I started doing mini-smolov for floorpresses, the strength was coming along well.
I also set the 1RM 10kg less than my actual 1RM. I find this suits me well. Then I am able to complete the sessions also on days when I am not feeling strong. I also do one all out set every session as the last set, because it is fun, and because I use it to check where I am according to my personal expected progress.
I am not a professional, but this is what has worked for me. I’d like to add that I have a lot of previous Smolov experience, and just search for smolov and stallion on T-Nation, and you will find information.