I'm back. Spent the last few months cutting. Went from 180lb to 150lb (I'm 5'8") in about 3.5 months and lost some strength on all my lifts, which I guess is to be expected. I haven't seen the strength gains that I've wanted over the past year, and I think that was partially due to not eating enough food. So I figured this cut would give me room to do a nice slow bulk for the rest of this year. And I decided that I'd focus on putting some quality size on. Since I'm only 21, I think I should take advantage of the few years of raging testosterone I have left, so a year of straight HST will do me good. These are the lifts I'm going to do: Low Bar Squat, Sumo Deadlift, Flat Bench, Weighted Pullups, E-Z Bar Concentration Curls. No direct shoulder work so we'll see if I can't get in 2 sets of bench throughout the 15s and 10s. If I see some good gains during this first cycle, I'll add in some sort of shoulder movement. In terms of strength loss due to the 30lb cut: Sumo Deadlift down 35lb (not worried. I wasn't deadlifting heavy at all during most of this cut so I think I'll get this back fairly quickly). Wasn't squatting recently before cut, but my best was 235lb x 5. Felt like I was good morning the weight up so I have squat shoes now. Much better form but less weight. 220lb is 5RM. Bench down 5lb. Currently 175lb x 5. Weighted pullups from Belt + 50lb x 4-5 to Belt + 65lb x 5 Cardio endurance went way up, which is good. ____________________________________________________ Some of my maxes are unfortunately estimated from getting less than x number of reps on test days. For example, I squatted 200lb x 9, so I'm considering 195lb my 10RM. Deadlifted 285lb x 3, so I'm considering 270lb my 5RM. Currently on day one of SD. Planning on 9 days even though I haven't taken a day off in 6 months. Guess 9 days is fine. Anyway, wish me luck folks.