I am currently coming off a 60 day cycle of Tren (1cc/day; I have one more days to go) and have been experiencing some awful times in the gym the past few days. I have lost my pump, I feel totally worn out and flat and very lethargic. I don’t feel like lifting. I don’t feel alert and sharp either. I have been getting headaches. I have dark bags under my eyes, although I have been getting 8-9 hours the past fews days. I could barely get through my workout the other day. Today was chest day. My workout was allright, so-so, but I definitely felt a little flat during the workout and very flat after the workout. Let’s face it-it wasn’t up to my standards. I have been doing 5X5 the past five weeks, while doing high-intensity jumproping on 3 of my off days. Before this week, I was getting outrageous pumps and my strength was increasing every week.
I took a week off 2 weeks ago during the holidays but I didn’t get much sleep (6-7 hrs/night). I think I should take another week off, as my CNS seems shot but I am concerned that I will lose muscle during this week. In my past experiences, during the first week or two post-cycle, one should be lifting low volume but heavy and intense to prevent losing a few pounds of muscle.
The past five weeks I have been dieting at 2400 kcals/day, with a nutrient breakdown of 33% P, 33% C and 33% Healthy Fats eating only P+C or P+F meal combos. My biggest meal is post-workout, 80 grams maltodextrin with 40 g whey hydro. My maintainance kcal intake is 2900-3000 kcals. I am supplementing with Vit C, a multivitamin and L-Glutamine (15 g/day.)
I drink plenty of water.
I am 5’7", 175 lbs with 12% bodyfat. My goal is to reduce my bodyfat down to 6-7%. Then I will bulk up again. Eventually I WILL be at 175lbs with 6% bodyfat.
I am thinking that I should take a week off and up my cals back up to maintainance.
My first question is, what do you all think about this strategy? Or should I up kcals and continue lifting but try not to go to failure during any of my sets.
Secondly, can anyone recommend a training program for someone who is CNS-overtrained but wants to preserve the mass gained on a cycle?
Thirdly, If I take a week off and up my kcals up to maintainance, when can I start cutting kcals and doing high-intensity cardio again?