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CarlWheezer
08-03-2016, 10:34 AM
I am on a cut and have gone from 162lbs to 134lbs. 5'3 male. I am on All Pros and right now I bench 140x8, squat 120x8, OHP 95x8, and stiff leg deadlift 165x8. Yes my deadlift and squat are far behind.

I have increased strength pretty much every week for the past 3 months of my cut. Is this because I am a beginner?

I am still fat. I've gone from 33% to now 19% roughly. I am getting to the point where my cutting calories are so low I can't bare to stay cutting anymore. I am thinking maybe I should just eat maintenance for a while until I stop getting stronger?

I know I am weak so my idea is that I will keep getting stronger even though I am just at maintenance. Is this plausible?

gbullock32
08-03-2016, 10:40 AM
Yes you could, just keep progressing on lifts.

LarsoN97
08-03-2016, 12:06 PM
Yes u can, and u will, provided u eat, train and rest properly

okayest
08-03-2016, 12:22 PM
You can get stronger while cutting. A lot of people do and I think it has to do more with training than nutrition but I'm not sure.

Onlyspoons
08-03-2016, 12:32 PM
How many calories are you eating? You could just keep cutting with less of a deficit.

CarlWheezer
08-03-2016, 12:42 PM
How many calories are you eating? You could just keep cutting with less of a deficit.

1600. Yeah that's a good idea maybe I will eat like 200 or so below my maintenance. My maintenance is around 2200.

LarsoN97
08-03-2016, 12:57 PM
1600. Yeah that's a good idea maybe I will eat like 200 or so below my maintenance. My maintenance is around 2200.

1600 is too low. Go to 2000 and work off that. U must be sedentary all day besides the gym to have a maintenance of 2200

CarlWheezer
08-03-2016, 01:08 PM
1600 is too low. Go to 2000 and work off that. U must be sedentary all day besides the gym to have a maintenance of 2200

I'm 5'3 134lbs. I have a decently active job where I walk about 15k steps a day. Then I lift 3 times a week for an hour and a half. I used several calculators and they all say between 2150-2300