Recovering ability and calories (and anabolics)

KvanH

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Sup scallywags?

I'd like to hear your opinions and experiences on how much your recovering ability suffers (if any) from restricting calories, ie. on a cut.

Do you train pretty much the same on a cut, regarding your work out plan? Strenght will suffer of course and no chasing PR's, I'd assume for any experienced lifter.

Any change in (typically):
Volume?
Relative intensity?
Training frequency?
Frequency of deload weeks/periods?

I assume cardio to being increased for most lifters doing a cut. Does it affect your recovering ability from weight training?

How much increasing or adding anabolics to your cut mitigates this possible decrease in recovering ability (if any)?

Thoughts?
 
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when on anabolics I tend to just plow on. don't really change anything and of course I wouldn't try to lower weights at all.
Its rare that I feel gassed but it happens. I probably would avoid trying to set too many PRs but if your feeling good and all things are indicating a good time to go for it, then, GO FOR IT!!

I think when your on your "on" and those anabolics can give me enough drive to just behave normal cut/bulk or otherwise.

that's not to say I don't train differently throughout the yr but for the most part I respond best to high volume work so I tend to build my sets with that in mind
 
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My recovery tends to take a hit, when restricting food intake. But I'm not sure how much is the calorie restriction doing and how much it's cause' my sleep goes to **** as well, when cutting. I try to train pretty much the same, as when I'm bulking, except accepting not lifting my biggest weights and I'm increasing the amount of cardio workouts.

When I'm on a cut I also have a lot less energy and seem to be much more suspectible to out side stressors affecting me negatively (work, random duties, etc.).

The mildish ped's I've added to my cuts don't seem to help much, except in the strenght department and muscle retention.

So I just got curious about other's experiences and approaches.

I switched my gym workout to 45 min run on friday, due to feeling so burnt out. Was going to just move it to saturday, but was not able to sleep on fri-sat night and took the whole weekend off of everything. But I'm battling with inner voices (lol) telling me I'm either being lazy and a pussy or I'm being smart and listening to my body 🤷‍♀️
 
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So as you know I cant speak to the AAS side of this question, but I feel i got a good handle on my recovery and performance to give a n=1 answere.

As long as the cut isnt too intrusive and I structure it correctly, my training performance does not dip. I do make sure to structure my food as so that i get the most nutrients around the workout and this seems to really help. I always keep my intra workout during the cut as this seems to really help.

I dont change up my training and only increase cardio by the way of adding extra steps to my day. As my workouts arent low reps I dont really suffer any strength loss either. Unless im REALLY going for the stage ready look i mostly always improve from workout to workout during my entire cut.

Deloads are somthing i do way to infrequently probably as i base it how I feel and how the numbers (HRV, RHR, Sleep quality etc). But still I can just blow it off haha.

As some hard proof how my body can react to a cut i can show this. I finished a 3 month cut now and all my markers went up during those 3 weeks. Remember i eat really structured and planned all year round. So its not like my food quality changed during the cut, only the amounts.

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afaik the standard "cut" you keep everything the same and change diet. increase protein or keep it the same. don't overdo high intensity cardio. if you add anabolics you can maintain or build muscle during a cut better
 

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