true words spoken by ninearms. I just completed the second base meso cycle. Yes, doing only the base meso cycle.
My usual style for the squat is high bar, narrow stance ATG/olympic squat.
I did the smolov base meso cycle this time around with the following style: Narrow stance, maximum width grip, pause at the bottom of each rep, high bar.
I then set the 1RM pre-cycle 20kg lower than my actual 1RM, because I figured that's what I could do in the paused style with a wide grip.
I had an 1RM of 220kg before doing the base meso cycle twice. My 1RM is now 240kg. Raw, without a belt. I have gained some significant bodyweight as well, some of it fat.
The routine is brutal, and several people report injuries from trying it. The myth that you need to be assisted (ie. using steroids) to complete this thing just makes me cringe. What a bunch of pussies there are out there in the strength world. What happend to taking the squat seriously?
Well, to be honest, the Smolov is not for you unless, you are able to eat a lot and sleep a lot. You will be tired in the end.
I have a lot of Smolov experience now, and I have to say that if you don't eat enough, you will be punished. The program is not advised to be done by beginners.
I also injuried myself pretty badly in 2007, probably due to poor technique in combination with too hard training. I could not back squat for more than a year after that. Luckily I am now back on track.
Here is the latest progress:
22 november 2008, 220kg squat:
Doing the smolov base meso cycle, then ecember 18 2008, 230kg squat:
Doing the smolov base meso cycle again (was pretty hard this time, due to other variables in life), January 26 2009, 240kg squat:
Smolov IS the holy grail of squat routines. That is if you are tough enough to do it. It is extremely hard! Right now, I have some pains in my left knee, but some light training for a while will cure that I think.
Good luck anyone trying this program. Do what it takes, and see the results.
PS: So what are the sessions like, here is a video from a grueling session were my energy level was a bit off due slacking in the eating department: