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Can you use Smolov for the deadlift? [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jan 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

 

 

Can you use Smolov for the deadlift?

This is a short article looking into whether you should use the Smolov squat routine for the deadlift. The short answer is I personally would not recommend and would not be surprised if many experienced powerlifters agreed.
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Topics: Lift stronger, Smolov, Deadlift

Can you do Smolov for the bench press? [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jan 2, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Can you do Smolov for the bench press? [Article]


The short answer is yes, you can, but you shouldn't. Especially if you are just exploring different programs without really knowing what you are doing. A better option is to use Smolov Jr. to boost your bench press if you have gotten fed up with Starting Strength and Stronglifts and want to try something different. 
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Topics: Lift stronger, Smolov, Bench Press, Deadlift, Squat

Smolov vs Stronglifts 5x5 [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Dec 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Smolov vs Stronglifts 5x5

Programs and anything you do regarding training has to be seen in context to the goal set you are pursuing. I have done both Smolov and Stronglifts 5x5 myself after I changed my main training focus from endurance to strength chasing a 200kg squat, 230kg deadlift and 180 kg bench press at 80kg bodyweight. If you read any material comparing programs, make sure that the author spent some time on putting the programs into context so that they understand the big picture rather than just crunching the numbers. This will be different for each individual based on many factors like age, training and injury history, sleep, nutrition, genetics and stress levels.
 
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Topics: Lift stronger, Stronglifts 5x5, Smolov, Bench Press, Deadlift, Squat

Smolov vs Jim Wendler 531 [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Dec 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Smolov vs Jim Wendler 531

This write-up compares the Smolov squat program and Jim Wendler 531 for different sports purposes like powerlifting, weightlifting, football and martial arts. Generally speaking based on my experience with the programs and as a Judoka in my teenage years and aspiring powerlifter in my thirties Wendler 531 makes a good addition to any athlete's training cycle who wants to build general strength with a barbell while Smolov lacks usefulness because of its single minded approach and is still fun to do once in your life to test your mind and body.

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Topics: Jim Wendler 5/3/1, Smolov, Bench Press, Deadlift, Squat

Smolov vs German Volume Training [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Dec 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

 

Smolov vs German Volume Training

This is a short write up of Smolov compared to German Volume training for people who are just starting out. If you are interested in a more in depth analyses of each of the programs, please refer to my German Volume training review and the detailed Smolov review which you will find on this blog

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Topics: Smolov

Smolov for intermediates [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Dec 5, 2017 10:00:00 AM

 

Smolov for intermediates

 
Smolov is a program which you can consider to prove your manhood. It is one of these things which are stupid to do if you look at it rationally and are yet very cool once you have done them. Intermediates are in my opinion ready for the workload if they do some additional homework I have outlined in this post. Still, I believe, Smolov is the most fun to do and makes the most sense when you are at an elite stage and do not care about competitions.
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Topics: Lift stronger, Smolov, Squat

Smolov for beginners [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Nov 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

 

Smolov for beginners

 
This is an article which outlines whether the Smolov squat routine is suitable  for beginners in lifting. For this the basic principles of strength development are being outlined, measuring of one repetition maximums and their relation to body weight is explained and the knowledge is applied to the question of the article. If you want to save time I do not think the program is for beginners and skip to the conclusion to see why. If you want to know more about how strength is developed and find additional sources please read on.
 
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Topics: Lift stronger, Smolov, Squat

Smolov for advanced lifters [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Nov 19, 2017 3:00:00 PM

 

Smolov for advanced lifters

 
This an overview of Smolov and discussion for advanced lifters. You will first look at whether you meet the criteria of being an advanced lifter and from there the pros and cons of Smolov will be discussed in a non-empirical manner. If you want more detail on the structure of the program please read my Smolov review.
 
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Topics: Lift stronger, Smolov, Squat

When to use smolov jr [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Nov 10, 2016 10:00:00 AM

When to use Smolov Jr

Smolov Jr is a powerlifting program which lasts for a month and resembles the base cycle out of the original Smolov program from which it was boiled down. If you are not afraid of hard work and like to reap the benefits in the gym hitting a new personal record on one of the big three within a month, you want a program you want to pour your heart and soul into.

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Topics: Smolov

Detailed Smolov Squat routine review [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Oct 23, 2016 3:55:13 AM

Detailed Smolov Squat routine review

This is a review of the famous Smolov squat routine which seperates the boys from the men. You can read how I increased my 1RM for the squat by 20kg, find summaries of others who have done the program and I compare Smolov to other routines which I have done. If you do not know how to do squat negatives and box squats you will also find a quick introduction to these concepts. 

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Topics: Smolov