Smolov Jr (Dec 2017) – Fezz's Log

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    • #4214
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      Having completed 60 days of Advanced German Volume Training recently I feel like i’m the strongest i’ve been in the last 2-3 years. I decided to test my 1RM and then run Smolov Jr through to xmas.

      26 November

      Bench Press – 5 x 60kg, 5 x 80kg, 5 x 90kg, 5 x 100kg, 1 x 115kg, 0 x 120kg

      28 November

      Back Squat – 10 x 60kg, 5 x 80kg, 5 x 95kg, 5 x 110kg, 3 x 120kg, 1 x 130kg, 0 x 135kg

      In both cases I feel like I had a good chance of completing the final lift if I hadn’t done the penultimate lift. I also thought my 1RM back squat would be closer to 140kg on a good day.

      Here’s my 115kg Bench Press. I have quite good power so I find lifts either go up quickly or not at all, I don’t grind.

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        SMOLOV JR

      30 November (Day 1)

      Back Squat – 6 x 6 x 90kg (3 mins) RPE 6

      1 December (Day 2)

      Back Squat – 7 x 5 x 97.5kg (3 mins) RPE 6.5
      Bench Press – 6 x 6 x 80kg (2.5 mins) RPE 6.5

      2 December (Day 3)

      Bench Press – 7 x 5 x 87.5kg (2.5 mins) RPE 7.5

      3 December (Day 4)

      Back Squat – 8 x 4 x 105kg (3 mins) RPE 6.5

      4 December (Day 5)

      Bench Press – 8 x 4 x 92.5kg (3 mins) RPE 8

      5 December (Day 6)

      Back Squat – 10 x 3 x 110kg (3 mins) RPE 7

      6 December (Day 7)

      Bench Press – 10 x 3 x 97.5kg (3 mins) RPE 8

      As you can see my Rating of Perceived Exertion is higher for the bench than the squat. My options are to increase the weight in week 2 by either 2.5kg or 5kg. I’ll definitely increase the 6 x 6 and 7 x 5 sessions by 5kg and will play it by ear with the later bench sessions.

      Day 6 was the only time I felt DOMS during the warm up, so far this has been a very manageable week.

    • #4251
      Fraser_9to5Fraser_9to5
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      7 December (Day 8)

      Back Squat – 6 x 6 x 95kg (3 mins) RPE 6.3

      8 December (Day 9)

      Back Squat – 7 x 5 x 102.5kg (3 mins) RPE 7
      Bench Press – 6 x 6 x 85kg (3 mins) RPE 6.8

      9 December (Day 10)

      Bench Press – 7 x 5 x 92.5kg (3 mins) RPE 7.5

      10 December (Day 11)

      Back Squat – 8 x 4 x 110kg (3 mins) RPE 7.5

      11 December (Day 12)

      Bench Press – 8 x 4 x 97.5kg (3 mins) RPE 7.8

      12 December (Day 13)

      Back Squat – 10 x 3 x 115kg (3 mins) RPE 7.5

      13 December (Day 14)

      Bench Press – 10 x 3 x 102.5kg (3 mins) RPE 8.8

    • #4327
      Fraser_9to5Fraser_9to5
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      14 December (Day 15)

      Back Squat – 6 x 6 x 100kg (3 mins) RPE 6.8

      15 December (Day 16)

      Back Squat – 7 x 5 x 107.5kg (3 mins) RPE 7.5
      Bench Press – 6 x 6 x 90kg (3 mins) RPE 7

      16 December (Day 17)

      Bench Press – 7 x 5 x 97.5kg (3 mins) RPE 7.8

      17 December (Day 18)

      Back Squat – 8 x 4 x 115kg (3 mins) RPE 8

      18 December (Day 19)

      Bench Press – 8 x 4 x 102.5kg (3 mins) RPE 9

      19 December (Day 20)

      Back Squat – 10 x 3 x 120kg (3.5 mins) RPE 8.2

      20 December (Day 21)

      Bench Press – 10 x 3 x 105kg (3 mins) RPE 8.8

    • #4335
      Fraser_9to5Fraser_9to5
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      24 December (Taper)

      Bench Press – 4 x 85kg, 4 x 4 x 97.5kg
      Back Squat – 4 x 100kg, 4 x 4 x 110kg

      26 December (1RM Testing Day)

      Back Squat – 10 x 60kg, 5 x 80kg, 5 x 100kg, 5 x 110kg
      1 x 130kg
      1 x 135kg
      1 x 140kg
      1 x 145kg
      1 x 150kg (belt)
      1 x 155kg (belt)

      I didn’t try 150kg unbelted as I felt i’d probably injure myself, ditto 160kg belted.

      Bench Press – 8 x 60kg, 8 x 80kg, 4 x 100kg
      1 x 110kg
      1 x 117.5kg
      1 x 122.5kg
      1 x 127.5kg
      0 x 130kg

      130kg may as well have been 300kg, I couldn’t even control the descent as it settled on the safety pins. Quite lucky to have chosen those weights as doing 125kg would probably have taken too much out of me.

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