Trying the Smolov Squat Program
I love squatting! People say I’m weird because I squat at least twice a week, but it’s something that I’ve always been good at, so I enjoy it. I think it’s mostly because I was a goalie in hockey and you have to have strong legs.
I’d like to think for my size I have a half decent squat. At 175 pound bodyweight (mind you I’m at about 185 right now) I have a 315 pound 3 rep max and a 335 pound 1 rep max back squat. Like I said, I’m pretty happy with this weight, however, it’s been this weight for the last 5 years and I can’t seem to add any more weight to my squat and it’s a bit of a piss-off.
Enter the Smolov Squat Program.
The Claim: “Smolov is a Russian Squat routine that will boost your Squat by up to 100lb in only 13 weeks… Smolov was designed by the Russian Master of Sports Sergey Smolov, but it is Pavel Tsatsouline who popularized this Squat routine by publishing it first in Powerlifting USA (2001) and later in his book “Power to the People Professional“ (page 63).”
The Proof: Back in November my buddy Mike started the Smolov program and right off the bat saw some awesome gains. After two or three weeks in he was telling me about his progress and the strength he was getting, and although I wasn’t convinced this was the program for me, I was happy to see him making progress. I followed what he was doing closely because besides being a good friend of mine, he’s also a former client, and I am really interested in what he does.
Mike’s progress; he started November 4th at 185 pounds and finished February 2 at an amazing 285 pounds. Huh? 100 pounds added to his squat? Seriously? I know this is what the program claims to do, but I didn’t think it actually would! Unreal!
My wife has always struggled with squats and deadlifts so she started the Smolov program January 8th with a back squat 1 rep max of 95 pounds and then retested around February 22 at 145 pounds. Again, ridiculously impressive! 50 pounds added in just over a month to her back squat and while training she also added about 30 pounds to her deadlift without doing any deadlifts.
After doing more research and seeing two people that I know add impressive weight to their squats, I decided that I was going to attack the program. The only thing that was preventing me from moving forward with it immediately was the CrossFit Games Open because I didn’t want to destroy my legs and be really sore while competing, because Mike and G. both said their legs were fried the entire time. After realizing that I wasn’t going to be able to compete hard in the Open this year due to injury, I decided to start the squat program.
I’m now a week into squatting and I’m surprisingly not sore at all. The weights haven’t been too heavy or too hard, but I thought due to the frequency and volume, I’d be a bit tender, but I’m not. I’m wondering if the reason I’m not as sore as I thought I’d be is because I’m also a week into my trial of a new supplement called X2PERFORMANCE which is suppose to help with ATP (ADENOSINE TRIPHOSPHATE) which in turn will help with energy and recovery. Like I said, I’m only a week into each and I know the squat program is going to get harder (much harder) but if I keep squatting and I’m not as sore as Mike and Gina were, X2PERFORMANCE may become a regular supplement in my routine.
I haven’t fully tested X2PERFORMANCE yet and I’m going to be doing a full review on it soon, but in the meantime, if you want to get your own free sample and give it a try, you can click this link and follow the instructions and just pay the $5.95 shipping.
I’m excited to see the gains that I’m going to make on this program and my end goal is to squat 350 pounds as it’s one of my 2014 goals I set in January. If you’re interested in looking at the program you can download an awesome and easy spread sheet here.
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