Ignore ryan.b_96, if you want to cut then go for it.
I think your biggest concern is not the programming, but recovery. You’ll need to be careful about overall volume and stress on you CNS.
I can’t comment on Madcow because I haven’t done it. 5/3/1 will probably work fine if you minimize the accessory work, imo.
Thanks man! 5/3/1 looks really good for a cut since the progress is slow, thing is, my lifts are kinda shitty for it imo. Dunno… Will wait for more feedback. Thank you once again[/quote]
90% of 1rm = 90% of 1rm whether that’s 400lbs or 198. If you are gonna cut you’re goal should be to maintain strength if not improve it slightly as well as maintain what muscle you do have. If you don’t think you’re in a good spot (ie you are weaker than you want or weigh like 130 lbs) to cut, than don’t. That’s entirely up to you. Gaining 20lbs of LBM will make you look way differnt if you weigh 130lbs than cutting a couple bf% points, imo.
How much do you weigh and how fat do you think you are? A pic would be good. [/quote]
I’m not fat at all lol I’m like 12% right now, 182-184lbs. So most of it is muscle actually. I’m not very tall either so… Thing is (and I should’ve mentioned it earlier), I’ve been on Madcow for 2 weeks and I already feel exhausted. Two things that comes to my mind, maybe I should up my calories a bit on the train days, or maybe find a less tiring routine. Doing full body 3d a week on 2100kcal is not very easy for me. Dunno man, maybe I should just shut up and lift. I hate being this paranoid about body fat.[/quote]
Recovery is more challenging when calories are reduced. Check out some of the bb threads from like Stu/Zraw. I imagine they have written about dealing with this while cutting. Even if you’re not a bodybuilder I’m sure the info is applicable.