The cut started right after my dl workout, I did crack 385 off the ground, which would have been a 20 lb pr, but I felt like I was in a bad position so decided to play it safe and set it down. I see the confusion though, my training week starts on saturday so that’s why I posted it like that.
I kind of like your volume idea, would you still try that as a giant set? My main thought for increasing intensity and lowering reps is that sets of 8 and 10 are a little high for peaking, I usually do plenty of lighter volume the mesocycle before doing a strength phase so, personally, think it would be more beneficial to go heavier. I also feel the AMRAP and high rep sets may have lead to too much overall fatigue. Will know for sure when I plan on doing it again in December!
I don’t think I’m going to try any kind of program after this minicut when I start bulking. Thinking of doing PPL/rest/UpperLower/rest. Not sure if I’ll have time for 5 workouts with school/work though so may just be upper/lower a couple times a week. I think 1 really good thing about DH being so hard is I cut out a lot of exercises. Reintroducing weighted dips, flys, leg press, lunges, and hip thrusts should be great for some new growth because it’s a novel stimulus after such a long break from them.