Originally Posted by Reefboy1980
I'm currently on a cut trying to shed some BF, i'm currently doing the SL 5x5 but since cutting my muscles are taking longer to recover. Whilst cutting should i think about only training twice a week to give my muscles more time to recover until my cut has finished giving me more time to do somemore low impact cardio.
I'm hopeful that another 4 weeks & i'll be able to start slowly bulking. I just want to lose this stubbon BF so i've got a clean slate to start from.
I like your plan. Get to an acceptable BF level, then bulk up in a cotrolled manner. It's the best way to maximize muscle and minimize fat gain if you ask me.
My first advice would be that if you find you don't have the energy to do both the lifting and cardio you want to do, cut cardio first. Lifting burns more calories in the long run, and also gives your body more of a reason to KEEP muscle, instead of cardio which is muscle wasting.
When you're cutting, progression becomes tough. When you're cutting, the goal is to keep muscle and strength. If you can cut fat and keep the same strength you had at the beginning, you've succeeded. I'd suggest that you cut cardio, keep your program the same, and TRY to keep adding weight to the bar, but don't worry about it if you don't.
Once you're done cutting, then you can start adding in extra calories, which will let you start adding weight to the bar again, and muscle to your body.
Also, if you want to maximize recovery, get yourself some BCAA's, and take a crapload of them. Drink water throughout the day, and put some BCAA's in it. Focus your carb intake around your workouts. The carbs right before training will give you energy to get through the session, and the carbs right after will maximize recovery. Get plenty of protein. That will also help with keeping muscle and strength, and also help you feel full during your cut.