The Obvious Benefits of taking a lighter, less intense, less dense training week is;
🟣 CNS Recovery
🔵 Joint and Muscles (Reduction of inflammation)
🔴 Mental Break From Vigorous Training
🤐 Does that mean everyone needs to deload?
There are tons of variables that will make up a reason you should deload, or shouldn't for that matter
- Beginners won't need to deload as they are still making fast adaptations and their body hasn't become custom to the stimulus of training
- Advanced athletes might require more frequent deloads, as the stress of training is normally, on average, higher than an intermediate or beginner athlete, they are lifting heavier weights, moving faster, further, for longer.
👉 But a deload doesn't need to be just for recovery, it can be a good excuse to;
- Focus on technique
- Become custom with new movements
- Try new skills
- Train a different modality
- Focus on mobility
- Improve the quality of sleep, nutrition, and lifestyle outside the gym
🚺 Girls could benefit from a deload during the hardest days of their period, but that doesn't mean all girls need one
🚹 Men could also deload during the same time, as they have to deal with it. 🤐
👉 You need to Autoregulate your training, specific to you.
- Just because your program demands a deload, doesn't mean you need to take one, vise vera, if you are absolutely crushed, and there's no deload in site, you might consider taking a lighter, lower volume week
🎭 Do you have deload weeks?
How often do you take them?