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Smolov Base Results, Switching Phase
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halcj
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I have been running smolov, and have just tested my new max after the base mesocycle ready for the intense mesocycle - have to say I'm pretty impressed with the results. I started with a 140kg max, but calculated with 145kg as I am not that advanced and felt I had a lot more to come; well, testing today, I hit a raw - belt and wraps only - 170kg!(Sorry for the exclaimation mark but I was thrilled with that).

I am around 79kg body weight and 15 years old, my other lifts are as follows:
Start of Base:
Squat-140kg
Bench-105kg
Deadlift-150kg

Now:
Squat-170kg
Bench-107.5kg (I did Sm. Jr. for bench at the same time, put small gains down to fatigue)
Deadlift-152.5kg(tested today after squats, so maybe more in me)

Anyway, what have other people done in terms of deadlifting during the switching phase? I would like to do some, as I did only speed pulls in the base and my deadlift could do with a bit of extra work. Thoughts? Any experience would be appreciated.

Edit: Here's a link to the 170kg Squat - I know knees buckle slightly, but it is a 30kg PB and not the norm.

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BigRedMachine87
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I'm about a week behind you. Testing new max next week. I came in with 193kg max. I hope to be at 205kg by now.

I really haven't been doing anything other than squats. Probably not good, but whatever.

I'll probably just go back to my regular stuff next week. I think I can do that going forward now that I am passed the base and squatting 3 times a week.

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jjackkrash
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Great work!

It must be motivating having the Red Queen from Resident Evil rooting you on. (just teasing--I love that accent.)

I'd stick with speed pulls, light, during the switching phase. The switching phase is all about active recovery. Your DL shouldn't suffer any, that's what I did and my DL max went up almost as much as my squat did by the end of the program. I didn't do any DL--at all--during the base and intense phase.

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Mathew Bertrand
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Keep squatting twice a week, light light but very fast man.

ps, are you wearing knee wraps?

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halcj
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Larry10 wrote:
Keep squatting twice a week, light light but very fast man.

ps, are you wearing knee wraps?


Yes, I've been using them each time I max, but not on the Smolov sets. Not sure if I should wear them for the intense or not - it did seem to make it slightly harder on the base (using wrapped max but lifting without wraps).

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halcj
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Just a quick update, I tested my bench 3 days later and hit an easy 110kg, so it seems that Smolov Jr. did work better than I thought - I just needed more rest. Also tested my deadlift after bench (was disappointed with first test number) and got 160kg. All in all not bad, I think I need to remember to rest an extra day next time.

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BigRedMachine87
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Oh btw I got 25 pounds on my max test before switching.

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halcj
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BigRedMachine87 wrote:
Oh btw I got 25 pounds on my max test before switching.


Good work - it looked quite comfortable too (if it's the one on the video).

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