New member checking in. Been lifting for a few years now. I'm an "all legs" kind of guy, I play basketball. 15 years old.
I've ran the Smolov program in the past with ATG squats, about 1 year ago, and it yielded around 50 lbs of strength last time, and I was on a caloric deficit. Since then I had gotten much stronger using 3x6 for 3 times a week and moving up at 5 lbs a week. I had gotten up to 325lbs x6 ATG, but I had lost around 80 lbs of squat strength because I stopped squatting for about a month, but keep in mind I was still working my legs, but for some reason I lose strength very quickly. Since then I've been using 4x5 (very heavy, around 87.5% 1RM) going up linearly 5 lbs a session, but I'm around that point where 5lbs a session doesn't work. I'm really running out of time because school is starting up on September 7th, and I need to get as strong as possible in as little time as possible.
Does Smolov sound like a good idea?
By the way, I've done both the Base and Feduleyev cycles, but this time I just plan on doing the base.