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Cutting Program


I need a good lifting program to do while cutting. I only have the basics for equipment,no machines. Any suggestions would be great. I did some searches and all I could find were cutting diets. Thanks.


Don't worry so much about the program, to get cut, diet is the important thing.

Just stick to the big stuff, squat, deadlift, bent over rows, chins, benchpress etc. Make sure you train heavy to maintain your musclemass.

Good luck.


Meltdown training 1 2 and 3 on this site. Poliquin calls it German Body Comp (also on this site). You can also use HIIT (the 50 yard dash article), as sprints are fairly anabolic (versus aerobics, which will cost you muscle).

Hope this helps.



You may want to check out ABBH 1. Yes it is designed as a bulking/hypertrophy program but many of us have used it with great result during cutting.

Helping preserve strength and get defined with the varied reps and sets.

Hope this helps,


The one thing you probably don't want to do is switch up to some kind of high-rep low-weight scheme. Keep lifting heavy to hold on to your gains.