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    Should I adjust my powerbuilding program when I cut? If so how?

    I’m looking for some advice on adjusting my program during a cut. I have made great gains on it but I have a feeling the program I’m on will be far too taxing during a 12 week cut. Is there a way I can adjust the reps, sets and/or exercises to accommodate for my lower calorie intake and generally lower energy? Thanks for the advice, my program is below.

    HEAVY DEADLIFT/LIGHT SQUAT DAY
    -Squat 3x6
    -Deadlift 4x3

    LIGHT BENCH+CHEST/TRICEPS DAY
    -Bench 3x6
    -Incline dumbbell bench 3x10
    -Incline dumbbell flys 3x10
    -Close grip bench 3x10
    -Skull crushers 3x10
    -Tricep pulldown 3x10
    -Tricep overhead extension 3x10

    HEAVY SQUAT+LEGS DAY
    -Squat 4x3
    -leg press 3x10
    -Leg extensions 3x10
    -seated leg curl 3x10
    -Single leg curl 3x10
    -Seated calf raise 3x10

    REST DAY

    HEAVY BENCH+SHOULDERS DAY
    -Bench 4x3
    -Overhead press 3x10
    -Side lateral raise 3x10
    -front dumbbell raise 3x10
    -Reverse machine flys 3x10
    -Face pulls 3x10
    -Upright row 3x10

    LIGHT DEADLIFT+BACK/BICEPS DAY
    -Deadlift 3x6
    -Pull up 3x10
    -Seated row 3x10
    -Lat Pulldown 3x10
    -Single arm row 3x10
    -Barbell curl 3x10
    -Incline dumbbell curl 3x10
    -Spider curl 3x10

    REST DAY
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    no you shouldn't adjust programming during a cut
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    Depends on length of cut, and how aggressive cut is relative to how advanced you are lifting wise. With 12 weeks, you will have to make some changes (decrease volume and/or intensity) at some point. If you are cutting 1/2 pound a week, almost no change besides a slowing of the progression rate for your increases in lifts. If you are cutting 2 pounds a week, you will have to make bigger changes, and much sooner. Really depends on how fast you are cutting, how much you weigh, and how advanced you are on your lifts.
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    A final consideration for your training plan is how to modify it if you
    are cutting. If it is a brief or non-aggressive cut to sustainable levels of
    leanness, you probably don’t need to modify training at all. However,
    if you are going on a longer-term or more aggressive cut, as is typical
    when dropping a weight class, or certainly if you are dieting for a show,
    changes should probably occur.
    Some very general guidelines are (you can modify the sample programs
    from the next chapter using this information as well):
    1. Step down one category of volume (e.g. from intermediate to
    novice, or advanced to intermediate) to accommodate reduced
    recovery. You probably don’t need to do this immediately, but
    maybe at some point into the first third of a diet, it’s a good
    adjustment to make to ensure a better balance between stimulus
    and recovery (again, only if you’re dieting to unsustainable levels
    of leanness, or with a sizeable deficit).
    2. Switch from doing deloads based on how you score on the
    checklist, but to doing them automatically after every mesocycle
    to facilitate better recovery.
    3. Use the autoregulation strategies preceding this section so that
    you can account for your performance being more variable.


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    You have minimal heavy work and a crapload of bodybuilding high rep work. I'd say keep at it for a few weeks and adjust as needed by decreasing number of exercises.

    I do a lot more low rep heavy work and a bit of high rep isolations. In my cut after 4 or 5 weeks I started reducing number of sets in my heavy work but keeping the intensity as high as possible. In your case you don't have room to decrease in the strength work, but you have so many accessories that can easily be reduced as needed.
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