Hey, just thought I would make this post about the results I had with the base cycle on the smolov program. I started the program with a one rep max of around 135kg (297lbs) and after the program which is around 4 weeks I finished with a 165kg (363lbs) squat. I had a go at 170kg (374lbs) and in my view I had it but the spotter decided to assist me which kind of bummed me out but at the end of the day a 30kg improvement is extremely good in my mind when the program states 45lbs or 20kg is max.
People have then suggested that 135kg might of been to easy but in my mind I really struggled with that weight I even had a video of it but I deleted off my phone.
As a whole the program was hard, extremely hard, talk about back spasms, hemorrhoids and just plan tight muscles so recovery was a major factor. I obviously ate alot of food in my view, I fed myself mutant mass shakes and I put on around 3-5kg in weight still remained fairly lean. My back has become alot bigger plus legs so happy with the size gains, the only thing i was cautious about was my other lifts, namely my bench.
During the second week of the program I did some bench and managed a 225 bench for 7 reps an increase of 2 reps 3 weeks prior which was great. It goes to show a strong trunk, back and legs cross over to other lifts. Anyway I am going to continue to finish the rest of the program and will follow up on the results, cheers.