This is an idea I've been kicking around for a while now and wanted to discuss and maybe put some tentative numbers to.
My journal for in-season lifting fizzled when I realized that I couldn't lift in season so here I am. It turns out that making weight, while much easier than last year, is still keeping me in way too much of a caloric deficit to even try strength training.
During the spring, though, I want to see if I can make life easier for myself for next season. I want to use a keto cycle to lose fat so that I'm not struggling as much to cut down to weight, but if possible I'd like to keep on making strength gains. I was thinking, just for the sake of argument, about something like this: biweekly refeeds, and on those days I do heavy full-body work - Anuj made a post a while back about 2x/week workouts that I was looking at - and a mix of high-and-low-intensity cardio on the low-carb days.
As much as I love strength training, I have to be realistic here, and my primary goal has to be fatloss to make sure I'm good to come back next year at 197lbs. (My current weight class - there's no weight above me except 285lbs. - and so since I have no other weight to move up to I kinda have to stay there… and if I'm gonna be stuck there, I'm gonna be the strongest dude walking at that weight class!) I've been walking around at 205-210 hydrated lately. With that in mind, should I go with just keto to maximize fatloss? Should I wait until late summer/fall to start working my strength back up? Should I do something other than a keto? I'm not very experienced at all with strict, well-designed cutting cycles so I'd love any help. I want to get the template and the actual idea down before I start talking rep schemes and assistance exercises so I'm keeping this kind of vague for now.
I know this forum is 'strictly for strength training and don't join this site if you wanna look good naked' ;) … but this (in my mind at least) is more about maximizing athletic potential and you guys are damn brilliant at that. So any help would be rockin'.