If you’re into fitness, you may have heard someone say they’re “taking a deload week.” But, what exactly is a deload week? Can they be beneficial for you in your training? When should you take one? Keep reading to find your answer!👇
What is a deload?
A deload week is a week where you still are somewhat active, but you reduce your volume and/or intensity of your training.
It helps the body recover:
– after a heavy training block
– when you’re stressed more than usual
– need more time to recover than normal for whatever reason
A vacation/holiday or having a stressful week at work/life can be a great time to have a deload week; allowing you to have more time to do other things that enhances your quality of life too!
Are deload weeks beneficial?
Remember, your body knows stress, it doesn’t know the TYPE of stress you msy be experiencing. Sometimes, the good type of stress fronm training can be a little much, especially if you’re more stressed with life. Modifications to your training volume may be necessary to accommodate the increased stress you are experiencing elsewhere!
✧Taking a period where you reduce the volume of training may be helpful to allow your body to recover, and may help you feel less stressed!✧
When and how often should you take them?
I’d typically recommend taking a deload week every 6-12 weeks depending on intensity of your training block, recovery, and several other factors. So, if you’re not progressing in your training, but you’re working hard or are extra tired or sore, your body may be telling you it is time to take a deload week.
So let me know, have you heard of a deload week before? If so, do you use them in your training or will you start using them?! ↓
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Remember: this post is for informational purposes only and may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. It shall not be construed as medical advice. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional medical treatment, advice, and/or diagnosis. Always check with your own physician or medical professional before trying or implementing any information read here.