Never tried it for bench, but a modified Russian Squat Cycle for bench + accessory work (bench 3x a week plus voluuuuume) put me up 55 lbs in the bench to a raw 440 in 6 weeks. It works well. But you better be damn sure you take care of nutrition, sleep and especially soft tissue and mobility. If I hadn’t been religious about mobilizing shoulders and rolling out my delts, biceps, tris, forearms, and mid back I’d have been a tendinitis filled wreck.
Did smolov for DL. I don’t have a problem with frequent deadlifting when I am in good condition (I am currently out of condition so I do not pull as often, but still do light or moderate RDLs 2x a week for 6-10 reps). I am currently a 600 puller for reference. I added 80 lbs or so and pulled my first 500 lb deadlift after Smolov’s intense phase for DL. Did not run base because of the volume.
It was hard as fuck. I suggest using the belt for damn near everything after your mobility warm-up, and warm-up weight sets. It will save your back. Also be prepared to tear calluses. Probably the hardest thing I’ve done.
FWIW I completely believe in frequent pulling for DL. I feel like people puss out too much, but you have to be smart when you do it and THAT, I think, is where people get in trouble and get hurt. They don’t take care of their mobility and soft tissue issues until they’re raging problems and injuries waiting to happen. And they get to “balls out” tough when attempting heavy reps. Grind too much, fail too often. You can’t friggin do that with frequent anything, let alone pulling. Course, in Smolov you pretty much grind a fuck-ton because it’s so damn hard and it’s a specialization phase meant to beat you to death. But in “regular” training I don’t think you can.
Bottom line, if Oly lifters can squat 6-8 times a week, and do what amounts to explosive and HEAVY lower back and hip work every day with the competitive lifts (try supporting a snatch overhead deep in the hole. Your back will hate you), there is NO REASON you can’t fucking deadlift 3x a week if you’re smart and healthy. Yeah yeah, I know olympic style squats aren’t as hard on the low back as wide PL squats, but they do it EVERY DAY. That builds up fatigue after a while. Not to mention supporting all the weight overhead and the quick explosive pulls involved to get it there.