Not BAD! I am really impressed with how well Smolov Jr worked — after feeling stalled (or damn close to it) for the past year, these are HUGE PRs for me. 14# on squat 11# on bench. Amazing for 3 weeks of work and a week of rest.
I also attribute these gainz to … Montana. SO peaceful 🙂
110Kilo (242#) – Good – This is the weight I based my Smolov Jr cycle on… this was definitely the easiest this weight has ever felt! Very quick and tight feeling.
120Kilo (264#) – Good – 14# pr! Also extreeeeemely easy and fast! – camera fell over during the lift, so.. no footage)
130Kilo (286#) – Fail… This was an accidentally large jump…my fucking dog peed on the basement floor right before this attempt so my head got all spun and I was only half paying attention to the math I was doing ::sigh:: I thought I was going up 10 pounds, but I added 10 kilos… and while I lowered it completely under control, I didn’t have it (unsurprisingly) . I attempted 125Kilos(275#) afterward but didn’t have it. I feel confident that I will have 125 very very soon! I got out of the hole with it, but couldn’t get past that sticky halfway point. I honestly think I might have had it if I didn’t mess up my math here and attempt much heavier beforehand. Oh well, it’s coming soon! I may need to up my goal for the end of the year 😉
I did not pause these. I didn’t train with a pause really, so I was apprehensive about it. Plus, I just wanted to hit these fucking PRs so bad, I didn’t really care if they were a little dirty. I will get this cleaned up soon. Right now, I am ecstatic to see the weight on my bench press go up!
50 kilos – (110#) Good (the weight I based my Smolov Jr cycle on and my current PR) Again, very easy
53 kilos (117#) – Good. 7# pr. This felt pretty easy
55 kilos (121#) – Good. 11# pr! Very smooth. Not necessarily “easy” per say, but smooth and not a grind at all. I am really happy about this lift. I feel like my bench is finally starting to move somewhat regularly. After a year and a half stuck at 105, I have added 15# to my bench in the past 2 months. 10 of which came in the past 4 weeks! Lesson? NEEDS MORE VOLUME!!
I did not deadlift at all during the Smolov Jr cycle, I only squatted and benched. Some people say that they can add weight to their deadlift from only squatting… not me apparently. I’m really not too disappointed that I didn’t get a new PR here. I also switched to no shoes per the recommendation of my new coach. I think that will be a good switch, I attempted 140 kilos twice, once with and once without shoes… I got it an inch off the ground without shoes, and couldn’t even move it with my shoes on.
110Kilos (242#) – Good… easy weight.
130Kilos (286#) – Good (no shoes… felt fine, but kind of slow.)
140 kilos (308#) – Fail (this would have been an 8# pr, but I didn’t make it.)
Then I proceeded to go outside, hike, and chill in the grass with my dogs and husband for like 6 hours. IT WAS AN AMAZING DAY.
I also ate around 6 thousand calories (I don’t even know if I’m exaggerating (OK, I probably am, but not too much)) and I am not even going to try to type them all out in detail. Highlights included — cream of wheat & oatmeal, eggs, pulled pork, ribs, macaroni salad, potato salad, pizza hut (sheesh…), and fucking GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!!!! (Which you can apparently just buy at the grocery store now! WHAT?!)