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    wicked1992 is offline Senior Member
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    Default smolov all year round

    can you run smolov all year round? After you run smolov once, can you do it again or what can you do after running smolov once? i haven't done it yet, I'm interested in doing it and this is just out of curiosity.

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    BrendonS is offline Junior Member
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    This is just my opinion, but I think it's way too much volume to be doing consistently. Also, while you're doing Smolov you really can't be doing anything else other than squatting. If you have any goals aside from increasing your squat (and whatever carryover you get from that), you won't be able to work towards them if you're always on Smolov.

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    Go through a full smolov cycle, then decide if you want to do it again.

    It depends on your current workload. Best would be to switch to another program with less overall volume.

    You could give the bench press a serious effort during a smolov, but its all determined by the workload you can handle.

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    Smolov?! Do you mean... "Another RUssian Super Cycle"?! All year round?! NO WAY!

    I did it twice in a row (with a 2weeks break in between), after doing it 4 month before, and in the end (after shoulders pain, front side of the knees pain, etc, which I tried to push through) it gave me a severe coccis pain - so bad that I could not take my pants off by myself for 5 days or so! It took me about 3 month to recover completely. So, my advice for spectacular gains: use this cycle once/year; best way to do it: do a hypertrophy oriented cycle - like "Hot wheels by summer", take a 9-16days lay off, then hit the Russian Supercycle. Do it to the letter, at least for the first time: intro minicycle, warm-up, etc. Plan the 2 weeks speed focused mesocycle in advance, otherwise you will not do it right.

    The best thing to do after this full cycle (13 weeks) is a 9 to 16 days lay off . Then I think you should do a full body routine (one of the Sheyko cycles, for example; a Westside cycle - if you like that kind of routines; PTTP, Bear, etc, if you want to stick to Pavel's plans, etc), dependind on your goals, of course.

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    Hey wicked,
    I haven't done it either but I've looked at the numbers/matrix before and my initial response is "Is that even possible?". The first 3 weeks look like a lesson in brutality with no recovery between one leg-crushing session to the next.

    I have a feeling that, if you make it thru a first cycle, you'll be asking yourself if you want and/or have the willpower to do it year round and maybe even if you should, rather than can you.

    I apologize I didn't really add anything constructive here but Red Boar took care of that. It's just that, having contemplated doing it myself a few times, the thought of trying to do it year-round is mind-blowing lol.

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    MI_KB'r is offline Senior Member
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    Once a year is plenty with the Smolov routine. Your body will need plenty of recovery. I have done it and followed with a full body weight routine then something like PTTP. You will burn out and maybe injure yourself overdoing Smolov

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