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Old 03-12-2012, 01:11 AM   #1
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Default Increasing strength during a cut

So we all know that strength increments could be a result of several things: higher motor unit activity, delaying the GTO stretch reflex, or basically just increasing the CNS' ability to use its muscle more efficiently. I guess all of those reasons are tied up with the CNS somewhere though.

This is entirely an opinion thread, so nobody is wrong or right, but what do YOU feel the best logic would be for increasing strength during a significant cut like I am about to do?

-Westside principles geared towards athletes like Joe DeFrancos
-Linear based progressive resistance like Mark Rippetoes
-The conjugate method for powerlifters like used by Westside
-5/3/1 principles like used by Wendler
-HST or DC training

What do you feel the best logic would be? Right now I am going with DeFrancos training and focusing on low reps, high reps, and speed strength (dynamic movements and olympic lifts).
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:49 AM   #2
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I would focus my training on singles, dubs and trips on the big lifts in the 80-100% of 1RM. Im no expert on cutting though.
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I think any of those would work just fine. You basically want to just keep doing what you've been doing to gain strength in the first place. Keep dancin' with the one that brung ya.
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Any of those types of programs can work to increase strength during a cut as long as a balance is identified and applied which brings enough food into the diet to support the lifting (and conditioning) but only enough lifting (and conditioning) to push progression in the lifts without requiring substantial increases in food.

Regardless of diet, when the goal is to push strength I think one should focus on loads closer to one's 1RM. That is to say singles, doubles, and triples in the 87%+ range of the 1RM and occasionally some 5's in the 83-85% range. In these ranges the body tries to improve itself by finding more efficient way of moving a weight: do more with the muscle you have vs doing more by adding more muscle. I find the former to be much easier to do when the diet is restrictive.

For me personally, once accustom to working with high intensities, it is much easier to push or maintain that intensity with when dieting down a little. On the contrary, something that requires higher reps and pushing reps is exceedingly more difficult. I've walked into the gym on many instances, somewhat sick, with nothing to eat all day, sometimes hungover, or days into a low calorie diet feeling weak and awful and been able to work up within 5-15lbs of my best 1rm. Under same conditioning when pushing higher reps or volume, my performance is awful, I missed my target reps by several in addition to missing complete sets. IE: for me, a restrictive diet effects everything, but takes a bigger hit on endurance (higher rep ranges, usually anything over 3) and work capacity.

My 2 cents anyway...
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