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2004/03/03 23:40:23 (permalink)
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lifts are dropping

Im currently trying to cut down to 8% bf. while doing this i have been doing fny 5x5 and eating around 500 calories less than maintaining. 2 weeks ago i got to 245 5x5 on bench press, last week i did exact same number of rets and sets so i saw i didn't get any stronger. this week i could only get 245 3x5 then had to drop the weight. Now i am just wondering if this means i am losing muscle or do i have less glycogen stores because I have decreased calorie intake. Most my other lifts have either dropped or stayed the same except for Front Squats and Deadlifts, they always go up no matter what which is great. i am not too worried about losing a little muscle, i know that when i start bulking again i can get it back. I am more interested whats happening.
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    Snaeke
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    RE: lifts are dropping 2004/03/04 02:33:36 (permalink)
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    Doing 5x5 while trying to cut down bf is counter-productive imo. Just add more cardio to your weekly routine. The most you should hope for is a reduction in fat gain; but nevertheless you're going to gain fat regardless.

    It could be you're just having a bad week or something like that. Wait & see how you do in a couple of weeks.
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    RE: lifts are dropping 2004/03/04 05:16:07 (permalink)
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    no i dont' think you understand what im saying, or maybe i misunderstood you. im not trying to go up in my lifts with the 5x5. Im doing 5x5 because its one of my routines i do and i don't think that routines have much to do with cutting, like i don't think cardio has much to do with bulking.

    I am just wondering if im having muscle loss or just short on glycogen. My cardio and diet is fine for losing fat, thats the whole point of me doing the cardio and diet i have.

    i didn't mean for my question to sound like a 5x5 question.

    maybe i should of posted this in the diet forum.
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    RE: lifts are dropping 2004/03/04 05:23:37 (permalink)
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    what kind of foods are you eating? i'm trying to lose a little bit of fat before summer. i've been eating less food and junk food and i'm sort of having the same problem about my weights dropping.
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    RE: lifts are dropping 2004/03/04 13:40:10 (permalink)
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    yea i was expecting my lifts to drop. i am just curious if its muscle loss or the lack of glycogen being refilled.

    My diet is pretty clean, im cycling carbs from 150 to 250 to 350.
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    RE: lifts are dropping 2004/03/04 16:26:31 (permalink)
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    Are you taking a complex carb source prior to training such as Maltodextrose with Whey in water. I'm cutting at the moment and have found this helps no end in my lifting capacity during this period.
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    RE: lifts are dropping 2004/03/04 18:40:25 (permalink)
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    no im not right now, i will give that a try.
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    RE: lifts are dropping 2004/03/04 20:06:32 (permalink)
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    as long as they aren't massive losses in streangth i wouldn't worry to much, always gonna be a little weeker when calorie deficient and stronger when u have a surplus
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    RE: lifts are dropping 2004/03/04 20:55:28 (permalink)
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    well see im not worried about it. i knew i was going to lose some strength but I am just wondering if it is muscle loss or low glycogen or both. just to get my facts straight.
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    RE: lifts are dropping 2004/03/05 20:13:27 (permalink)
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    minimal muscle loss, mostly because of low glycogen would b my opinion
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