Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Peter Puetz - On the fly.  Witness the birth of the first Interactive Adapive Squat System...
Every four or five weeks - depending on if you squat 3 or 4 times per week -  test 10RM, 5RM and 3RM,

Calc 1RM like so:

1RM = 3RM * Q3

where Q3 = 1.099


Ql= 1RM/5RM


Qh = 1RM/10RM.

So now we have two parameters, Q5 = 1.165 and Q10 = 1.33 and two individual estimates Ql and Qh...

Define the following four states:

1. Qh > 1.33 & Ql > 1.165
2. Qh < 1.33 & Ql < 1.165
3. Qh < 1.33 & Ql > 1.165
4. Qh > 1.33 & Ql < 1.165

We need four programs to shift the respective Ql and Qh back to the average state...

OK, one program with four faces, ...MARK X the final and lost Brother Smolov!


Qh > 1.33 & Ql > 1.165

70% x 7 reps x 3 sets
75% x 5 reps x 2 sets
80% x 3 reps x 2 set
85% x 1 rep x 3 set

week 2 +5.0%
week 3 +7.5%


Qh < 1.33 & Ql < 1.165

70% x 7 reps x 1 set
75% x 5 reps x 2 set
80% x 3 reps x 3 sets
85% x 1 rep x 6 sets

week 2 +5.0%
week 3 +7.5%


Qh > 1.33 & Ql < 1.165

70% x 7 reps x 1 sets
75% x 5 reps x 5 sets
80% x 3 reps x 3 set
85% x 1 rep x 3 set

week 2 +5.0%
week 3 +7.5%


Qh < 1.33 & Ql > 1.165

70% x 7 reps x 1 sets
75% x 5 reps x 3 sets
80% x 3 reps x 5 set
85% x 1 rep x 3 set

week 2 +5.0%
week 3 +7.5%

Log the Q estimates over the course of the year, four weeks in front of a tournament make damn sure that Qh and Ql are as high as possible for potential peak performance.

I put this in the public domain and expect no less than every single world record shall be rewritten in due time.
Lets see where the human limits really are.
To the nay sayers, you are lacking smarts, imagination and visions... Dr. Peter Putz


Joker said...

Reflections of the Smolov Squat cycle or
how to get the most out of the most demanding squatting routine of our times

have you ever heard of the distribution of Q ratios? what they stand for and how you can use your individual Q ratio distribution as per your advantage?

No, you haven’t? You have no idea what I am talking about, do you?

Of course you know these ratios, but under a different name, that is all. They are the multipliers you find in the common max rep calculators! So for example if your rep max set of ten is 180 kg you multiply that with 1.33 and get an estimate of your 1 repetition max. 1.33 is the Q ratio Q10, that is all. The calculation is very simple: Q10 = 1RM/10RM.

now looking at this Q10 we can state a few things with certainty:

it must have a physiological limit, for example Q10 = 3 is highly unlikely, the limit
must certainly be lower than say 1.8;
it is not constant but changes with training, this is a very important fact;
you want Q10 as high as possible when you enter the platform in competition

so what have these observations to do with the Smolov squat routine, you may ask. Simple stuff, lets look at the original Smolov routine, which you find following the link below


The base mesocycle is actually a cycle which lowers Q10 while increasing the repetition maxes over a broad range, from 9 reps to singles. Lifters who have a high Q10, say 1.5 or 1.6 will benefit from that cycle the most.

The intense phase is a cycle which increases Q10, you may enter it with a Q10 of 1.26 and find that you have 1.4 or 1.5 after it.

what this means is, that a lifter coming rom the 20 rep super squat routine would benefit the most from Smolov if they reverse the squence of the two mesocycles, while lifters used to a training regime of fives, triples, doubles and singles should do the Smolov squat routine as written.

Those of you who are way older than the typical Smolov participant can use my Smolov squat routine variations, the brothers smolov, which consists of three variations, Mark I, II and III, which are tailor suited to the weekend warrior. Unlike the original Smolov routine you can use these routines for two excercises simultanously, say squat and military press.

Also there a cool t-shirts and underwear and excel sheets available to those willing to spend a few bucks! Just drop me a line or two.


A typical Mark II result is a 12.5 kg increase on the squat and adding 5-6 kg on the press in just six weeks and one of the dozens guinea pigs even made a lifetime PR a 600 pounds deadlift with a former best of 570 pounds again after six weeks of leisure in the gym.

“Everything works for a while” says Dan John, no wonder I would add, and I hope you now understand why it only works for a while before it stops working.

The bottom line is this, your stuck made no major increases, and that for the last years, change your training regime to lift the entire Q ratio profile and add momentum to your training, just like so.

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