On a cut, you don't gain any muscle. But can you gain strength? I know you can mantain it but is that all?
"F-ck life before it f-cks you"
17 yrs old, female
130 lbs, 5'8"
You CAN gain muscle on a cut, but not much, particularly if you're unassisted and working beyond "newbie gains".
You can definitely gain strength on a cut. Mostly through CNS adaptation as I understand these things.
On a semi-related note: If you're still eating around maintenance but lifting heavy my impression is that you won't see much change in SIZE, but... does this reflect on strength too? Or will that still be able to increase?
I make strength gains well on maintanence.
I was on maintainance for a while, not much strength gain.
Real men cry over milk, whether its spilt or not.
I've been at maintainance since I started my split early December.
I'm trying to stay at the same weight while adding strength. It's worked out pretty well as I have put 20LBs on my bench, 20 squat, and a ton on deadlifts. Don't know about my deads since I was doing rack pulls before, but I was only doing 275 RP, and now I'm up to 310 deads for reps.
Not bad for a month and a half, but I've been busting ass in the gym and haven't missed any days in the gym unless it was impossible for me to go.
Forever Goal: Strength
Weightlifting sucks. I just like to lift heavy things.
Remember that after a cut you look bigger because you are more defined. I don't think that was your point, but just food for thought.
I've been maintaining my weight since September and I'm making HUGE strength gains!
Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
i ate at or slightly below maintenance for about 5 years while lifting and i sure as hell saw some major strength gains
Way down this road, in a gym far away, a young man was once heard to say, "I've repped high and I've repped low, No matter what I do my legs won't grow."
He tried leg extensions, leg curls, and leg presses, too. Trying to cheat these sissy workouts he'd do. From the corner of the gym where the big men train, Through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain.
Where the big iron rides high and threatens lives, Where the noise is made with big forty fives. A deep voice bellowed as he wrapped his knees, A very big man with legs like trees.
Laughing as he snatched another plate from the stack, Chalking his hands and monstrous back, Said "Boy stop lying and don't say you've forgotten, Trouble with you is you ain't been SQUATTIN"