Training While Cutting
I was sitting on my throne this morning when I began to think about my training. I am currently cutting and just like every other weightlifting Joe Schmo, that actually has goals, I want to, "maximize fat loss while maintaining maximum muscle mass and strength gains I have made." But the question came to mind, am I going about it the right way?
It is proven that strength gains are made in working sets of 6 reps or less, and the muscle building window is 8 to 12 reps. Is training to maintain muscle and strength the same as training to build it? We would all love to make great muscle and strength gains while losing weight. But for about 99.875% of us, this will not happen. So if we keep our basic training philosophy this same when cutting as we do when we are bulking, with a little more intensity added in while cutting, we should see results we want. Right?
I am writing this because of the countless number of idiots that come up to me and say that I will never lose weight unless I go light weight and heavy reps. The more I try to explain that lifting heavy elevates your heart rate, the more stupid they think I am. It doesn't make sense to me. Do some research before you come up and talk to someone that actually has.
Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile. - Vince Lombardi