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Smolov Jr. Squat and Conditioning


#1

I just completed Smolov Jr. and brought my squat from 365 to 405. I really enjoyed the program (and the results) and want to run another cycle to bring me closer to my goal of a 500 squat. The only problem is, I would like to improve my conditioning since I feel like a pathetic out of shape old man.

Have any of you guys conditioned concurrently with smolov jr? If so, when and what type of conditioning? I am usually baked after squatting and want to use my 'off' days to recover/maintain upper body lifts. So here are my options:

A) Nut up, run the program, and squat/condition on the same day
B) Run the program, ditch conditioning, and focus on getting my squat numbers up
C) Run a milder program (ex. 5/3/1) for maintenance, work on conditioning, return to smolov later (a couple of months)


#2

The smolov jr. and the original smolov are usually just used as peaking programs. Not many people can do cycle after cycle of it without burning out.