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Cutting - is a drop in strength standard?

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2011/03/25 18:40:13 (permalink)
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Cutting - is a drop in strength standard?

I am currently losing weight (intentional!) and so far i was lifting around the same sort of weigh from week to week but this week i have noticed i could only manage less reps and had to drop the weight slightly to get my full amount in.
 
Is this to be expected? I have probably dropped about 7 pound in bodyweight since i started and also stopped taking creatine.
 
Also, i train first thing in the morning on minimal carbs.
 
How are others fairing on their cuts, lift wise? 

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    Liddy
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    Re:Cutting - is a drop in strength standard? 2011/03/25 18:58:59 (permalink)
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    Try keeping the same weight, but focus on low rep stuff like 5x5.
    You may find this more consistant.
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    Re:Cutting - is a drop in strength standard? 2011/03/25 19:05:40 (permalink)
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    Already am!!! Well i mix it up a bit. Last week i managed on flat d/bell press (36kg bells) 6/6/5/4 then this week 6/6/4/3

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    Re:Cutting - is a drop in strength standard? 2011/03/25 19:17:51 (permalink)
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    A drop in strength is expected when your glycogen is depleted which it will be when cutting. Hopefully when you carb back up you won't have lost any strength. 

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    Re:Cutting - is a drop in strength standard? 2011/03/25 21:26:24 (permalink)
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    I think the only time it goes up on a cut is when your far from your natural potential, a lifting noob, geared up or new to the technique of that particular lift
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    Re:Cutting - is a drop in strength standard? 2011/03/26 15:20:05 (permalink)
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    Hi mate,
     
    ive been doing a 5 x 5 while cutting and my strength is shooting up!
     
    ive lost 7 kg since mid feb!
     
    very strict diet (cheat on one night) and then
    mon - squat, bench P, bent rows
    Tues - deadlift, shoulder P, pull ups (varied), tri dips
     
    thurs/fri repeat
     
    my strength has doubled, literally! bare in mind i only started back into training january - 6ft 101kg (91.2kg now ;))
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Re:Cutting - is a drop in strength standard? 2011/03/28 20:39:11 (permalink)
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    Unless you are low digits bodyfat then strength should be fine and stable during a cut
    Perception of effort will be increased :)
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    Re:Cutting - is a drop in strength standard? 2011/03/29 22:03:30 (permalink)
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    Yes, less mass on your end will result in less strength and therefore less reps. This happens because no matter what, if you trying to lose weight, you won't just be able to lose fat. Muscle mass will also decrease. Personally, I noticed that when I gained weight in general I was able to lift a little bit more with less difficulty. If your just going for looks and don't care how much weight you can lift, don't worry about anything. As long as you keep eating properly and lifting your body will start to form into a cut machine. Good luck with your bodybuilding.
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    Re:Cutting - is a drop in strength standard? 2011/03/29 23:44:25 (permalink)
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    Not necessarily Jvarner... i'm a lot leaner than i've ever been and lighter (sub 10% atm) after a 7 month recomp and i'm shifting more weight now than i was previously, even without AAS assistance over the past few months it's remained that way.

    Granted i have had to work a lot harder to do so but a drop in strength is by no means a given, initially then sure but as the body adapts you can start to gain muscle and lose fat simulataneously if you get the balance between diet and workout position/workout type.

    You know varner i don't think i've ever seen a post from you that i didn't think " lol wut? " about....
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    Re:Cutting - is a drop in strength standard? 2011/03/30 08:35:27 (permalink)
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    jvarner

    Yes, less mass on your end will result in less strength and therefore less reps. This happens because no matter what, if you trying to lose weight, you won't just be able to lose fat. Muscle mass will also decrease. Personally, I noticed that when I gained weight in general I was able to lift a little bit more with less difficulty. If your just going for looks and don't care how much weight you can lift, don't worry about anything. As long as you keep eating properly and lifting your body will start to form into a cut machine. Good luck with your bodybuilding.


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