The Russian Squat Routine is a training program for increasing your squat strength. Use our Russian squat program calculator below to generate your program.
- Enter your max (1RM) into the box below.
- Hit enter.
- Your squat program is generated!
How Does the Russian Squat Routine Work?
The Russian squat program is six weeks long, with three squat workouts per week.
You’ll alternate between two types of workouts:
- One workout you will do 6 sets x 2 reps x 80% of your 1RM.
- And every other workout you will progress in weight or reps.
The 6 sets x 2 reps x 80% will remain like a steady beat throughout the entire program, while the progressive workout will get increasingly more challenging.
For the first three weeks, you will progress in reps:
- Workout 2: 80% x 6 sets x 3 reps
- Workout 4: 80% x 6 sets x 4 reps
- Workout 6: 80% x 6 sets x 5 reps
- Workout 8: 80% x 6 sets x 6 reps
And for the last three weeks, you will progress in weight:
- Workout 10: 85% x 5 sets x 5 reps
- Workout 12: 90% x 4 sets x 4 reps
- Workout 14: 95% x 3 sets x 3 reps
- Workout 16: 100% x 2 sets x 2 reps
- Workout 18 (Final): 105% x 1 set x 1 rep
Who Is the Russian Squat Program For?
I’d say that this program is primarily suited for the intermediate lifter.
- The beginner will surely get stronger from it, but would maybe have been able to progress faster with a simpler program. Like our beginner squat program, where you squat two times per week and increase the weight by 2.5 kg or 5 lb when you can do 3 sets x 5 reps.
- The advanced lifter must be careful, as the Russian squat routine progresses fast. You might still benefit from it, however, if you’re careful about weight selection. Enter a 1RM into the calculator that in six weeks will put you just slightly ahead of your current strength levels.
Be reasonable when you enter your current 1RM. Look through the weeks; the workouts should be challenging, but plausible.
Spread the three workouts out over the week so that you get at least one full rest day in between.
You could for example train:
What about Your Other Training?
The Russian squat routine should be your main priority when you’re doing it. You won’t have many physical or psychological reserves left for hard training in other areas, and you should plan accordingly.
Keep training your other lifts and your whole body, for sure, but focus your main attention on successfully getting through this program and put your other lifts on the backburner.
What about Assistance Work?
The Russian squat program contains 18 fairly hard squat sets per week, and your main priority should be to successfully do those.
For most people, I believe the squat training alone is enough work for the lower body, and that you should not add anything more that taxes your knee or hip extensors.
Can You Do the Russian Squat Routine for Bench Press?
I believe the Russian bench press program can work fine, and I know of several people who have done it for the bench press with fine results.
Can You Do the Russian Squat Routine for Deadlifts?
Yes, you can. I know, because I’ve done it myself.
One time, it went great, and I hit a new deadlift PR (something like 10 kg, I think). The other time, I entered too high a 1RM, and had to quit due to injury in week 3.
In my experience, the deadlift requires different programming than the squat or bench press.
Generally, it seems like you need to go easier with the weights, and perhaps the total training volume as well.
If you want to do the Russian deadlift routine, make sure to enter a very conservative 1RM. It should probably be well below what you can currently lift. The program will still make you stronger just by the sheer training volume of it.
Follow the Russian Squat Routine on Your Phone – for Free
The Russian squat routine is one of many free programs in our app StrengthLog.
To follow the Russian squat routine in our app, follow these steps:
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- Find the program in the program library.
- Enter your 1RM and start training.
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