Whether it is run for the squat, deadlift, bench, or all three (known as the Extended Russian Power Routine), the Russian Squat Program (aka Russian Squat Routine or RSR) is a brutal peaking program that will help boost maximum strength when prepping for a meet.
Powerlifting Program Spreadsheets
Whether you're looking for a beginner program, intermediate program, or a peaking program, you'll find a great powerlifting routine to get stronger. All spreadsheets are mobile friendly and powered by Google Sheets (better than PDF) - and no website has more free programs than Lift Vault!
Best Powerlifting Programs:
- nSuns Programs
- GZCL Programs
- Sheiko Programs
- Jim Wendler 5/3/1 Programs
- Greg Nuckols 28 Programs
- Calgary Barbell 16 and 8 Week Programs
- Candito 6 Week Program
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Developed by Dr. Layne Norton, PH3 (named after power, hypertrophy, and the “big three” lifts that make up the foundation of the program) is for advanced lifters (Wilks > 350) that cycles through accumulation, transition, intensity, and tapering weeks to accumulate fatigue, spark overcompensation, and build muscle.
The Magnusson Ortmayer (Mag/Ort) deadlift program is a brutal deadlift-only program that has helped tons of lifters add serious weight to their deadlift. If you’re looking to build out your work capacity for deadlifts, this is a great option. This is either an 11 or 12 week deadlift program depending upon if you desire to test your maxes on week 12.
Written and popularized by Redditor Matt Disbrow (aka /u/mdisbrow) – the Deathbench program is a disciple of the “if you want a bigger bench press, bench more” church.
Ah, yes. The infamous Smolov program for squats and Smolov Jr for squat and/or bench. If you’re willing to build these lifts at any cost (e.g. a record attempt) then this might be the ticket!
More of a template than a strict program, many variations of 5/3/1 exist. You’ll find some of the best spreadsheets for these variations here. All of them will get you stronger by focusing on steady progression of the Big 3 lifts though. Jim Wendler’s popular 5/3/1 template was highly influential on the popular GZCL and nSuns programs.
The program is comprised of 3 and 4 week cycles, designed to run indefinitely.
The powerlifting GOAT, Ed Coan, designed this deadlift program for Mark Phillipi. If you’re looking to make serious deadlift gains, give this 10 week program a try. It programs the athlete to deadlift 1 time per week. Each session includes a heavy triple followed by a high number of speed deadlift triples, then barbell shrugs.