A common question lifters ask is, “Do I need a deload.” The answer is usually, “No,” but when and why should you deload, and what is a deload?
A deload is a programmed decrease in stress--usually lasting a week--that allows fatigue to dissipate without detraining. Potential indicators that a deload is warranted include a decrease in libido, bar speed, or desire to train.
Without a coach, people often deload too frequently and too much (decreasing the stress during the deload to the point where the lifter detrains). For the most part, lifters don’t need to deload until they are conducting a multi-week program.
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