Last week was doubles for me, leading up to 1rm testing week this week.
My first meet is in a little less than six weeks. Im looking forward to it.
Doing a 1RM is a skill unlike any other, and it does take some practice at lifting percentages closer to your 1RM to be efficient and to carry over your technique to a maximal effort. Im not sure how well improving your 12RM will carry over to keeping good technique for a 1RM. You should do a few sessions of heavyish doubles and triples as well imo.
no, i haven't run it for squats. did you do the full program or the jr version? two things i know about smolov jr: program a very conservative max, and cut everything else as much as possible. the 8x4 and 10x3 days back to back are brutal (even for bench).someone on youtube did smolov jr for deadlift. i think he survived, but you wouldn't catch me trying that!
I did two cycles of smolov jr for bench when i was in a moonboot for my achilles earlier this year. Got from 100kg to 115kg across the two cycles and kept the gains. I say go for it. Keep up the facepulls and band work but its not as intimidating as it is made out to be.