When Cutting, Should I Be Cutting My Weights?

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    Aug 02, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    So this past week I've started my first cut, having always been focusing on bulking up since I started going to a gym (always been naturally skinny).

    I've reduced my calorie intake and especially restricting carbs (e.g. oats in the morning, some wholewheat tortillas at lunch then no carbs in the evening), focusing on getting protein (from chicken, tuna, houmous, dairy, protein shakes, cottage cheese) and I've been doing more cardio (swimming).

    However, I'm finding in the gym, I'm really struggling and I can't lift anywhere near the amount I was just a couple of weeks ago. Is this normal? Should I maybe have given my body a week of rest before starting the cut? Will I get used to it and be able to get my weights back up, or is it right to reduce them while cutting? I should say that I'm doing 3 weights sessions a week and splitting them:

    Chest and Triceps
    Legs and Shoulders
    Back and Biceps
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    Aug 02, 2011 9:14 PM GMT
    I like your 3-day split, but don't forget to work your core, too.

    When I cut, I either lower the weight for more reps, or skip the last set on everything. Reason is because the cutting is controlled with diet, so eating less = less energy to lift heavy.
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    Aug 03, 2011 8:05 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI like your 3-day split, but don't forget to work your core, too.

    When I cut, I either lower the weight for more reps, or skip the last set on everything. Reason is because the cutting is controlled with diet, so eating less = less energy to lift heavy.


    Ooops, I forgot to say, I will be doing core work as well using my fitball, I just haven't got round to it yet but I've got a good book of exercises and I'm going to be doing that at home.

    I did find that I was naturally skipping the last set that I would normally do, just because I physically couldn't do it!
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    Aug 03, 2011 9:16 AM GMT
    I want to say yes based on wha i've read around the interwebs but wha do I know? All mh cuts have failed. icon_lol.gif However I wouldn't take a rest until you feel depressed/extremely tired after working out or if you have plateaued. Just my two cents though.
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    Aug 03, 2011 10:15 AM GMT
    I agree with Paulflexes. If you're cutting, you really should decrease your weight and increase your reps. Lifting heavy and less reps is really reserved for building mass, while less weights and more reps will help you get that defined look you're pursuing. Don't cut your caloric intake too much though...you'll need it for the longer weight training sessions and extra cardio.

    Also, take some time and experiment to see what actually works for your body. There are some general things everyone should follow, but everyone's body is unique, so what works for some other guy may not work for you and your body type. Because you're naturally slim (as am I), you should be able to cut pretty quick, just make sure you don't cut too much and lose muscle and strength. Try different things to find your happy medium!

    Good luck!
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    Aug 03, 2011 10:21 AM GMT
    Marvel_X said just make sure you don't cut too much and lose muscle and strength.


    That's what I'm worried about - I'm worried that if I drop the weights and increase the reps, I will get skinny and lose all of the muscle it's taken me this long to get (which isn't much I know, but from where I started...)

    So that's why I had intended to stick to the weights/reps ranges that I was doing when bulking, but it's too hard!
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    Aug 03, 2011 9:36 PM GMT
    humous is more carbs than protein. so you know.
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    Aug 03, 2011 10:14 PM GMT
    Whenever I enter a cutting phase, I lift the same. In regards to energy sources, reduce carb intake and increase fats, and do cardio on off days... every single off day, except the day after legs. It works for me (ectomorph); I maintain strength and reduce body fat.
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    Aug 05, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
    Pure saidI'm worried that if I drop the weights and increase the reps, I will get skinny and lose all of the muscle it's taken me this long to get (which isn't much I know, but from where I started...)

    So that's why I had intended to stick to the weights/reps ranges that I was doing when bulking, but it's too hard!


    When cutting, you can cut your volume back by 2/3's that you used to bulk, but you need to maintain the same weight on the bar. The truest measure that you are losing muscle on a diet and not fat is when your lifts start dropping. The high reps to lose fat/tone up nonsense is a byproduct of the bodybuilders from the 60s and 70s that never did cardio for fat loss so they had to make up for it with volume in the gym. Even they couldn't go in lifting heavy every day.