Starting the third week now.
I made the adjustment of going from training everything twice in six days (A, B, rest; A, B, rest) to twice per week (two rest days the second time.)
And of dropping the ab work to save on volume a little. I ordinarily don’t do ab work anyway and don’t find core strength to be a limiting factor.
Weights have gone up some though of course they’re still really light. I’ve kept the rest interval at 30 seconds.
I did have to “autoregulate” a bit in that on the the second workout of the second week, it was obvious I just didn’t have the energy to do hack squats after having done barbell squats. So I skipped those, and then decided I didn’t have the energy for the second workout of the day.
Which wasn’t skipped entirely, but rather moved to what would have been the second rest day ending out the week.
My left lat/rhomboid/teres/serratus area, which had been quite painful to even fairly light touch for more than the last year solid, is now not painful to the touch.
I have been able to do pulldowns, rows, and DL’s, which I had not been able to do for more than the last 2 months due to pain and each effort to work through it resulting in making the problems much worse yet. But I am doing them in this program without problem, though I do have to be quite careful at near the top of the range of motion in pulldowns.
My right forearm, which had been giving a fair amount of problems, is also now pain-free under ordinary circumstances and almost all the time in exercises, and only very slightly painful and even then only at times in a couple of exercises.
So there’s been considerable improvement in that front.
I wouldn’t recommend the two-a-day, at least at this volume, for the great majority of others. Although it’s true that I’m managing it without the juice and at age 47, still it’s clearly pushing it and would generally be too much.
I’ve actually put on a little fat: this is due principally to having bought a total by now of 5 lb of peanuts in the shell (really intended for my birds as an extra item) and for the most part, of course, eating them myself. However there is no way, in my opinion, I’d get through this volume if trying to cut. But the peanuts were overdoing it (I ordinarily avoid much buying of nuts as I can readily eat well over 1000 calories of them at a time and it seems like nothing to me, and does not reduce appetite for other food at all.)
I’m sure that Gironda is right that 8x8 can be a cutting routine, but I think not at 2 exercises for every bodypart twice per week. To cut, I would think this needs to be 1 exercise per bodypart for most bodyparts, else the volume is too extreme to allow cutting without (as personal guess) muscle loss or the nervous system going into a frazzle.