Weird. Even though I’m cutting, I actually went up in weight and/or reps yesterday on 4 different exercises. I started off with dumbbell curls, and after my warm-up sets I moved on to my working sets using the same weight I used last week. I managed 2 more reps on the first set, and 1 more rep on each of my 2nd and 3rd sets (as compared to last week). Next I moved on to barbell curls, and decided to add 5 pounds to what I did last week (which put me back at the same weight I was curling at the end of my bulk). I cranked out 8 reps on the first set, 7 on the next set and 6 reps on the last set! The rest of my workout went very well, and I managed to increase my reps on concentration curls and dumbbell rows. My arms and chest also seem to have grown a little bit: my arms are slightly larger than 16 inches again, and my chest is near 42.75 inches (both measurements taken cold/flexed). My weight loss has been very slow and controlled; it’s almost as if my body has adapted to the lower caloric intake and is still somehow able to grow, albeit slowly. I’ve been eating very clean and have been very strict on my cutting diet, so it looks as if I may need to cut my calories some more. I can think of no other explanation. It just goes to show you that you can take advice from experts, read, research and study as much as you like, but ultimately there’s one voice that deserves most of your attention: learn to listen to your body. No two people are exactly alike, and when all’s said and done you’ve got to do what works best for you.
I’d better get started on my workout: cardio and abs. Have a great day!