Hi all. Name's Jack, just started training about two months ago, currently I'm about 141kg body weight, ~30% body fat, and for the last month or so have been doing a basic 5x5 program with some light accessory work (5 - 6 accessory exercises), full body, 3 times a week.
My lifts have been going up each week, and I'm now at 155kg deadlift x5, 105kg squat x5 and 65kg bench x5, bench is lagging a bit as I've got bursitis in my right shoulder, and only really in the last couple of weeks with treatment it's improved enough that I can get full range of motion without pain.
Diet wise I've lost about 6kg so far, simply from cutting the junk out of my diet and eating more whole foods / protein etc. My body composition has changed too, gaining a good chunk of muscle while loosing a couple of inches off my waist.
I'm looking to start seriously cutting soon & intend to calorie count / measure, and add in more cardio as my body fat is too high, and am wondering will this negatively affect my strength gains? I'm finding that what is keeping me motivated is going heavy, setting goals and knocking them out workout after workout, as opposed to just chasing the pump I guess. So can I continue gaining strength running at a caloric deficit, or should I spend another couple of months I get maintaining / getting beginner gains, and then start to seriously cut.
Also with my deadlift, I've been doing them heavy once a week, and also a light day once a week. Last week I worked up to a 1rm of 180kg, and was just after some form critique. Personally, I felt my legs locked a little too early, and I was unable to keep my thoracic extension through the middle of the lift. Any input on where I could look to improve my form would be appreciated, My goal is to eventually pull 300kg on the deadlift (someday :D) thanks :D.