Cutting Performance (natty)

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    AlexaMay
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    Hey guys. Happy new year. So most my lifting life I have been in a gaining stage. (Came from underweight 5 years ago) and the last 1.5 years I really went into performance over aesthetics. I now for the first time in 5 years am thinking to do a cutting phase (nothing crazy just about 5 kg, no weight target, mostly just how I feel and composition) but in the gym I look for progression week on week. If something isn’t, I may alter rest days to keep that consistent progression and see if that makes a difference but always looking for that 1+ rep or +kg. Now that’s in a surplus or maintenance. Now as a natty, how should I measure performance week in week and the consideration of adjustments? Should I be looking for a reduction in performance, or am I trying my hardest to maintain performance as my weight is in decline? I just know now if things are not progressing, rest days or volumne may need to come in or out, but as weight declines is it not harder to distinguish performance altering factors and if they are driven from response to the workout or response from loosing weight. Now this is 5 kg I’m talking about no massive cut. Am I overthinking things? Just never been in a period of weight loss in my life and wanted to know how to read workout performance when you have weight loss factor. Will progress still be something to achieve thus a lot slower or should you expect declines in performance?

    Sorry for the long question.

    Really appreciate if someone takes the time to read and answer this. Sorry if this question is idiotic. Got shouted at a lot via my other app I was on last year when asking questions. So apologies if this is stupid. Thanks guys and have a lovely week

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    Michael
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    Hey, I just can tell from personal experience that you’re probably overthinking it. 5kg is not a big amount, so depending on your starting weight and your caloric deficit it should take you about 4-8 weeks. The only declines in performance during that time might occur in pressing movements later into your diet, but I think in this short period of time you should be fine. During my last cut (90kg to 84kg, about 8 weeks) I managed to still make progress and hit PRs. As far as I know you should try to maintain the high intensity and try to progress in weight during your cut. You can work on your fatigue managament through decreasing volume or adding extra rest days.

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    AlexaMay
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    Thanks Michael, I thought I was overthinking it and tried to delete my question but couldn’t seem to delete it so appreciate the time you took to read my lengthy question and answer my question. Knew I was overthinking it! Thanks Michael

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    Joe
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    AlexaMay
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    Thanks so much Joe, and also Michael who answered me as well 🙏🙏really appreciate it

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