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    Cutting high reps or low reps

    When cutting is it better to do high reps 12 to 15 or low reps 8 to 10?
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    Originally Posted by usprecast View Post
    When cutting is it better to do high reps 12 to 15 or low reps 8 to 10?
    You will get mixed opinions on this one breh but in my opinion just stick to what you are doing on a bulk. I wouldn't max out any exercises but dropping into low reps is fine. Diet and cardio are the major changes not your lifting
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    Originally Posted by usprecast View Post
    When cutting is it better to do high reps 12 to 15 or low reps 8 to 10?
    My personal opinion, but I don't think it matters. Roll with what you were doing prior to the cut. You may find that some of your lifting routines will suffer due to lack of energy if you add a lot of cardio though.
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    Continue to train as heavy as you have been. If you suddenly start lifting lighter weight, you'll signal your body to burn for fuel any muscle mass that's not needed to meet demand. This is especially true while in a calorie deficit.
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    Originally Posted by ironwill2008 View Post
    Continue to train as heavy as you have been. If you suddenly start lifting lighter weight, you'll signal your body to burn for fuel any muscle mass that's not needed to meet demand. This is especially true while in a calorie deficit.
    This^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Your body will think it doesn't need to be strong any more so it can eat those big steaks hanging on your chest since you won't be needing them any more.

    Your body will want to get rid of things that are taking cals away from required bodily functions and muscle takes a lot of cals to maintain.

    It's a lot like when you're paycheck gets cut. You stop spending money on things that are unnecessary and keep the money for rent and food and cell phone bills; the things that are necessary for survival
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    I'd mixe it up every week or two. Keep your body guessing
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    Since the goal of cutting is to lose fat, and weight training gives an extended metabolic boost, lift like crazy.

    Your capacity will decrease due to a caloric deficit, but continue to push yourself. In addition to heavy lifting, an increase in volume will burn more calories as well.

    Also, caloric/carbohydrate/protein and cardio timing can affect your results.

    Cardio post weight traning give the greatest benefit of burning calories while allowing good lifting. Cardio before lifting will result in the greatest calorie burn overall, but possibly reducing lifting capacity. The research has been posted here before.
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    Thanks everyone for the quick replies, Lift Heavy it is rep+
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    Originally Posted by ironwill2008 View Post
    Continue to train as heavy as you have been. If you suddenly start lifting lighter weight, you'll signal your body to burn for fuel any muscle mass that's not needed to meet demand. This is especially true while in a calorie deficit.
    What?

    If anything, the lighter weight will cause him to burn less fuel. This is because he won't be lifting the same amount of weight. You should always be lifting your heaviest, regardless of your trying to gain mass or lose bodyfat.
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    Originally Posted by usprecast View Post
    When cutting is it better to do high reps 12 to 15 or low reps 8 to 10?
    1st of all 8-10 isnt exactly low, it is moderate.

    for max hypertrophy, bb'ers should use a range of reps to hit as many fiber types as possible. there isnt much reason to change your rep scheme when cutting, either lowering it or raising it.

    to build muscle u should use rep schemes to stimulate as much muscle as possible & continuously try to increase performance (i.e increase your 5rm, 10rm, 15rm etc) which will result in more muscle with excess nutrients.

    to maintain u should be doing the same scheme, just not shooting for any new records in any rep range. so u aim to maintain ur various rep maxes while cutting fat.

    the exact optimal mix of rep schemes is determined by experience & will vary b/w ppl.
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    Originally Posted by Tommy W. View Post
    This^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Your body will want to get rid of things that are taking cals away from required bodily functions and muscle takes a lot of cals to maintain.

    This scares me
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    Originally Posted by MattyG View Post

    This scares me
    No need for it to; just be proactive. Simply eat an appropriate amount of calories on a consistent basis.
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    Originally Posted by MattyG View Post

    This scares me
    Don't be afraid!

    Get your protien
    Train heavy and drop some volume
    Sleep
    Don't run too high a defecit
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    Originally Posted by ironwill2008 View Post
    Continue to train as heavy as you have been. If you suddenly start lifting lighter weight, you'll signal your body to burn for fuel any muscle mass that's not needed to meet demand. This is especially true while in a calorie deficit.
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    There is no "better" and high reps/low reps dosent make a difference when cutting, just train the same as you would as if you where bulking. When bulking i use a rep range anywhere from 4-50 when im cutting i do the same. It dosent matter just lift ****.
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    Originally Posted by usprecast View Post
    When cutting is it better to do high reps 12 to 15 or low reps 8 to 10?
    people have different opinion regarding this matter, but in my opinion, while cutting you will lose strength, so you can no longer lift as heavy as before, so its best to go for lighter weights and just increase the reps to compensate (10-15 reps), hope this helps
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    Originally Posted by niliking View Post
    while cutting you will lose strength, so you can no longer lift as heavy as before, so its best to go for lighter weights and just increase the reps to compensate (10-15 reps), hope this helps
    If the deficit is mild enough there should be little or no strength decreases. Plus, there is also the option of increasing rest between sets to compensate, not just lightening the load. This means the workout will last longer unless volume is reduced. The other option is to keep volume the same & split the workout into 2 sessions a day. Most people are scared of the 'double-split' & see it as an automatic ticket to 'overtraining', but its total workload per muscle group that is most important, not so much how they are arranged.
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