I've been following the "Bulldozer Bulking" workout in an attempt to gain muscle with minimum fat gain. So far it has been working well, but I'm looking to optimize the actual workout I do depending on if I'm in a "cut" cycle or a "bulk" cycle.

Currently, I'm doing a power/strength based workout during the bulk week and a more hypertrophy oriented one during the cut weeks. Is this the optimal match for such a diet?

I found this question already but I'm looking for something that will more address this study in particular.

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I do not know the specifics of you routine, but there are general rules to consider on training while cutting.

1) lower volume as you are unable to recover when calories are low.

2) High intensity to still promote muscle protein synthesis and prevent unused muscle wasting.

This looks more like power workout than hypertrophy to me.

I usually do full-body workouts with compound movements and heavy weights when cutting.

Or switch to Blade's routine http://borgefagerli.com/myo-reps-in-english/

  • Thanks Sergey, myo reps looks like it could be very useful. I haven't had any issues other than less energy in regards to #1, but #2 makes sense.
    – JWiley
    Apr 4, 2014 at 12:19
  • Welcome. When i cut i use extreme approaches like ketogenic diet or UD2 from Lyle McDonald so this is important to get into account. I have no enough patience for soft approaches. With less restrictions it may be not so usefull. Lower volume , i mean .
    – Sergey
    Apr 4, 2014 at 17:44

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