This month, I’ll be done with my Smolov Jr in squatting, and even though it’s kinda tough, I’m loving it. I’m thinking of doing the following with the actual Smolov base mesocycle:
Week 1-4: Squat (this is the Jr cycle I’m in)
Week 4-7: Bench
Week 7-10: Deadlift
Week 10-13: Pullup
Week 13-16: Squat
The cycles are overlapping. For example, on the same week I’ll test my Squat max, I’ll start doing the first week of the Bench cycle. There will also be one maintenance workout per week doing a simple 5x5 for one of the four lifts I mentioned depending on the week.
Although I’m still using the original set-rep scheme, I modified a Smolov excel file to be more conservative in calculating percentages and progression. I wanna make sure I don’t overreach. What do you think?