I hate to use bench press as a "benchmark" for my frusteration but let me explain....
Through the end of last year I had awesome gains in strength rather constantly. My weight was roughly 210 and I was about 15-16%bf . I could go through this routine without any help at all.
I could get to the top of the pyramid with no help at all. It was really easy actually.
After I went on an all out cut on the 1st of the year I dropped 210 to 183 at my lowest point. This included low intensity training on an empty stomach in the morning and low intensity training prior to working out in the evening. Along with low carb days and high carb days.
I have now leveled out at 194 as of right now and happy with how I look but I am weak compared to what I used to be.
Today was bench day and I tried to revisit the old pyramid with much frusteration
255-3x and then my face was turning red on the fourth and the guy at the gym had to help me.
I mean, I don't visually appear to have lost any muscle but my strength is in the toilet on all my lifts.
Any ideas if my strength will rebound back with muscle memory or what am I in for?