Thank you for your input. That is exactly what I was looking to hear. I can see that Smolovs squat program is intense and would produce gains regardless, but I wasnt sure how much of a waste of time it would be for actual obtainable strength gains. I figured it would be a good program to run before a comp to jack your squat up quick but have no intensions of doing it if thats all you gain out of it. I actually Came across them last week and liked the layout for both but was skeptical of some of the projected numbers and lack of accessory work.
How did you supplement in accessories with the Madcow? or did you not? I feel like hitting full body three times a week bilaterally seems like a lot of unilateral imbalances might fry you out or at least will neglect some areas. Likewise, to many in between days or on the same day might jack cortisol and get into over training issues.
My idea for a full plan:
FMS test for mobility warm ups
Monday - Off …or rotate with tuesdays.
Tuesday - Day 1—Squat / Bench / Row - Pull ups and unilateral stability work
Wednesday -Biceps/Triceps/ rotator cuff work. —not crazy heavy just to keep them up with the lifts.
Thursday - Day 2—Squat / Press / Dead - Finish out with some unilateral push / pull for back and chest
Friday - Off
Saturday - Day 3–Squat / Bench / Row - finish with A single leg (lunge/ bulgarian / or spilt) and based off the week a few stability exercises.
Sunday - Off
Still trying to program out accessories - but never ran this type of 5x5 so I dont know how spent I will be after the third lift.
Rip it apart or shut it down… open for whatever, but you know more than I do, esp having already ran the program.
Smolov is indeed great before a comp because it definitely does jack up your numbers quick. My friend did it for the IPF Classic this year and got the Gold medal in the squat.
I honestly think you’re overcomplicating things. I just did madcow as written and the accessory excercises are fine. Accessory exercises are just that, an accessory. I find that people, and beginners in particuar, will overcomplicate things so their progress will stagnate. Just do madcow as written and watch everything improve.
Don’t worry about throwing in another day for bicep and triceps, my arms grew over an inch in just a couple of months.
Actually there is one small change I made to the madcow program as written and that’s instead of doing incline benches on day 2 I did overhead presses.
Regarding overtraining, you will not overtrain on this program. There are people who are squatting heavy 6x a week and they are not overtrained, they’ve just adapted. Madcow is a tried and tested intermediate program and has gotten many people jacked and strong. It will work for you too.
I just re-read your first post and I see you asked if madcow is a waste of time for an advanced lifter. Let me make this very clear to you without sounding like a dick. You’re not even close to being an advanced lifter. You’re just now beginning to become an intermediate lifter. The fact you don’t really know the difference between a program like madcow and Smolov is a testament to that.
I think everybody wants to get ahead of themselves to be classed as ‘advanced’. I’ve almost hit a 600lb squat and probably could have if I had peaked. I thought I was advanced but I’ve only just recently realised I’m still an intermediate.
By the way I feel I’ve done this horribly backwards, I didn’t pay enough attention to your first post because my immediate reaction was just “You’ve got Smolov incredibly wrong”. Why are you looking to switch up your program? Has your current program failed? If so, why? Have you been eating and resting enough? Have you tried resetting the weights?
Little disconnect, I did know the difference between the two programs… I was looking to find out if anyone had actually tried both of them and if they are good programs to fallow or just a juiced up version of a 5x5 and if the squat program was beneficial in the long run or just a short term boast.
I think I might have a different variation of Madcow. The one I came across and was going to fallow actually already had over head press in it rather than a incline press.
As for why I want to switch up my program, no real main reason. I am a Strength and Conditioning coach and came across the 5x5 and wanted to try it myself before writing it up or programming someone else on it. So I guess you can call it personal research! But as for my previous program that I typically run for myself… and actually like a lot. Itâ??s a slight variation of the Russian 5.3.1, I was running Mike Ohearns power body building program with three week waves of 4.3.2 on compound lifts and blasting the accessories and endurance exercises hard. I was consistently still making gains in all my lifts… however, a lot more gradual and any natural lifter knows theres nothing fast about it. But I cant have athletes do a bodybuilding workout program year round and especially not in season. They had a really good layout on stronglifts.com for the madcow and the first thing I wanted to do is crush it and the suggested gains were very enticing! But I was trying to lay it out and wanted to get some feedback from people that already went through it.
A lot of people wrote that they were throwing in another day here and there and that they switched something up… And itâ??s looking like itâ??s really not necessary and theres a lot of ppl like me over thinking everything. Benefits of the internet!