Maintaining strength while cutting

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  1. Dzl

    Dzl New Member

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    I know that when you start cutting, you will lose some strength, but how much is average? I used to be able to benchpress 225 x 10 with ease, now I struggle to do 205 x 8. However, my strength in other areas have gone up, significantly though(ie deadlift went from 315x6 to 405x6). I've tried to do the low reps, high weight routine and that worked for a bit, but as my bf% went down, so did my benchpress. Is there any different routines I can do to mix it up and possibly boost up my chest strength a bit? It's just demoralizing to work that hard to increase my strength and just lose it like that. Ok, enough ranting.

    On a positive note, my bf% has dropped from 15% to 11% while maintaining a weight of around 177lbs. (This is based off my Accu-measure caliper)

    My chest routine is as follows if it helps you figure out my trouble areas:

    Flat Bench
    8 x 205
    6 x 225
    4 x 235

    Incline
    8 x 185
    6 x 205
    4 x 225

    Decline
    8 x 185
    6 x 205
    4 x 215

    DB Flys
    10 x 35
    10 x 40
    8 x 40

    Lower Cable Flys
    10 x 30
    10 x 35
    8 x 40

    DB Pullovers
    10 x 50
    8 x 55
    6 x 60

    Any comments/suggestions?
     
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    shastaisforwinners OT Supporter

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    depends how hard you're dieting
     
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