Back to Back Smolov Jr

One of the more frequent questions we get is about whether or not it’s wise to string multiple Smolov Jr cycles together, back-to-back.  Based on our experience and speaking with those that have attempted this, it’s not a great option to use Smolov in this way.

The protocol is fantastic for developing a great deal of strength in a short period of time, some have even referred to it as a “peaking” regimen.  It is also a lot of volume which can be pretty brutal on the body.  I can hear it now, “I’m tough, I can push through multiple cycles.”  As tough as you may be, a big part of developing strength is recovery.  EVERYONE benefits from recovery.

So what should you do after completing a Smolov Jr. cycle?  We recommend hitting something like a standard 5×5 type of protocol.  Something with less volume (less lifts per session and fewer squat days per week).  Give yourself a few weeks to recover and then hit it hard again… that can be another Smolov cycle, 5/3/1, or whatever else tickles your fancy.

Have you run multiple Smolov Jr cycles back-to-back?  Let us hear about your experience in the comments.