Originally Posted by Commander
Great, glad you are used to 5x5.
Definitely keep that in place for the cut. Some make the mistake of switching to higher reps exclusively. Higher reps have their place, but not at the expense of lower reps/heavier weight.
As you get further into a cut, depending on how serious you are, energy levels can be low, and it is actually much easier to lift heavy/low reps than to hit 10 or 12 rep sets. Trust me, I know from experience, the volume work is the first thing to go when you start to get really lean. It is just too draining.
I understand you enjoy cardio/HIIT, but still keep it minimal. Think of it as a tool, and only increase it when it isn't doing the trick anymore.
Thanks again for your continued feedback.
With regards to lifting heavy with lower reps, I absolutely share your experience in that I find it much easier to do heavy lifting with lower reps during a cut than the higher rep routine which I find very taxing on a low calorie diet.
With regards to cardio, I don't have much choice because I have high cholesterol and I need to keep my heart healthy as much as possible. My cholesterol is hereditary and at my best shape it is 180. Last time I checked it (3 months ago), it was 260 so I have to be serious about it.