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Cutting Weight for Sports While on AAS


#1

Hey guys,

Wanted to get input from those that have done this.

I'm cutting weight for a powerlifting meet three weeks from now. As of right now, I'm at 232 and want to compete at 220, with a 24 hour weigh in. Currently running 400mg Test Prop / 400mg Tren Ace a week. I'll be throwing in 60mg of Winny a day in the last week and a half, since I have some sitting around.

There's two pieces here:
1. Dropping some body fat while maintaining lean mass. I'm already quite lean, but I could stand to shave a % or two of body fat. I've never done this while on AAS before. My maintenance diet is about 250/250/100 (carb/pro/fat) all from clean sources and whole food (no protein powder to artificially bump up total protein numbers). To cut weight I generally keep it simple and just move towards 200/250/50 (training days) and 50/250/50 (off days). I'd expect that would work fine while on AAS too, and that being on will just mean I hold more LBM than I would naturally, and probably drop fat faster than I would naturally. Does that sound right? Any other considerations here.

  1. Water cut. I feel like there's two new variables here: aromitizing steroid dosages, AI dosage. I'd think that if estradiol is at 20 pg/nl, there's no reason to change dosage for either of those. I'd just do a water load/sodium and carb depletion water cut as normal, with nothing special. Any gotchas here?

Thanks!


#2

Are you taking any aromatase inhibitors like adex? Even though the compounds you are taking are relatively low for bloating/ water retention, an AI will also help dry you out.


#3

I haven't been leaning on AIs since at the test dosage my estradiol is sitting right around 20 pg/nl. I figure I could crash it to drop some water, but it seems like that would also prevent regaining water weight for the competition day. Also, since it's at 20 pg/nl, it's at the same value as I was naturally so it shouldn't affect water weight much from natty levels. Not sure if that's misguided though.


#4

Looks like a good plan. When I cut weight for fights years ago, I would usually do something very similar, cutting 5-6 pounds of water - and this was for a same-day weigh in, usually 3-4 hours before the fight. I was able to rehydrate and refuel with no issues. While I've never done a 12 pound water cut, with 24 hours in between you could easily get back to normal before the meet.

I know you're not planning on cutting that much, just saying. Your approach is basically the same I used, although I wasn't counting macros - I would just adjust my portion size until I was slowly dropping weight. Three weeks out you could probably cut most of that in actual weight, leaving a minimal water cut at the end.