WHAT EXACTLY IS A “DELOAD WEEK”, AND SHOULD I BE TRYING TO FACTOR ONE IN?
A bit tired, are we? We don’t blame you. All that effort to maintain a summer body can take it out of a man. And, as the days grow darker and the nights grow longer, this might be the right time to ease your foot off the pedal.
“Deloading” involves reducing the volume and intensity of your training to support repair and recovery. “Without proper rest, your body’s ability to produce force becomes inhibited and you’ll stop seeing results,” says strength and conditioning coach Sam Pepys. Even if your muscles feel fine, heavy lifting takes its toll on your central nervous system (CNS), responsible for multiple functions within your body. If your CNS is fried, you’ll struggle to muster energy and focus in your day-to-day life.
Schedule a deload every fifth week. You may want to time yours with office party season: “Combining boozy late nights with strenuous training is a sure path to burnout,” says Pepys. Unsure how to lighten up without grinding to a halt? Our tips ( right) will take the strain.
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