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Why Deload?
« on: December 31, 2012, 03:03:37 PM »
I'm having hard time getting inspired to hit the gym this week. My program calls for a deload, I've never done one. Why go to the gym to give less than 100%? Why not just take a couple extra recovery days before starting back 100%?

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Re: Why Deload?
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2012, 05:42:39 PM »
I would rather just take a few days off than go in and lift half-assed.

But that's me.

I took 6 days off recently.
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Re: Why Deload?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2012, 05:44:49 PM »
I've been on a forced deload for the past couple weeks due to recovery from surgery, it's not so bad and the only thing that hurts is the ego.

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Re: Why Deload?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2012, 05:47:12 PM »
I decided the deload was in order. The program got me several PR's so far, so sticking with the program seems like a no brainer. Also "I've never done it before" is not a compelling enough reason not to start doing it now for me.
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Re: Why Deload?
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2013, 05:46:17 PM »
It depends on what you're training for. The "half-assed" lifting is there to maintain motor neuron activity without overloading the CNS. This is important in strength sports. It keeps progress going in a more constant rate rather than having to reteach the CNS what it's supposed to be doing on fine tuned level.

This isn't as important if you're not powerlifting or Oly lifting...or throwing...or other strength-oriented sports. The "Everyone is different," rule applies here, too. I know one national-level powerlifter who has never deloaded.

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Re: Why Deload?
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2013, 07:00:13 PM »
I'm on a 5/3/1 +BBB program...

Each cycle has 4 weeks, weight increases for weeks 1-3, week 4 is a deload week.

I've never done them (deloads) before.

I've done both scheduled deloads so far, and, I see no negative impact at all.  I add more weight to the bar when I return.. and the bar goes up.

It is however, refreshing to deload... especially because I push very hard every other day.

Personal preference I guess.. as is many factors when it comes to weight lifting. Everybody is different...

Your on a program - follow the program. Everyone is soo stuck on changing things that are proven to work ;)

/shrug meh... heh.


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Re: Why Deload?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2013, 09:18:53 AM »

I've done both scheduled deloads so far, and, I see no negative impact at all.  I add more weight to the bar when I return.. and the bar goes up.

It is however, refreshing to deload... especially because I push very hard every other day.


So yesterday I started back with heavy weights. Today I am sore as hell. I equate soreness with growth (I know, I know) but I'm glad I did it.
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Re: Why Deload?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2013, 03:44:10 PM »
The 5/3/1 is a great example of a program calling for a deload.

Just mix up the deload week, if you're significantly cutting the weight on the bar, go for AMRAP each set.

If nothing else, it'll lead to a really good pump.
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Re: Why Deload?
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2013, 04:13:42 PM »
AMRAP?
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Re: Why Deload?
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2013, 12:32:58 AM »
AMRAP = as many reps as possible
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Re: Why Deload?
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2014, 11:57:10 PM »
I'm on a 5/3/1 +BBB program...

Each cycle has 4 weeks, weight increases for weeks 1-3, week 4 is a deload week.

I've never done them (deloads) before.

I've done both scheduled deloads so far, and, I see no negative impact at all.  I add more weight to the bar when I return.. and the bar goes up.

It is however, refreshing to deload... especially because I push very hard every other day.

Personal preference I guess.. as is many factors when it comes to weight lifting. Everybody is different...

Your on a program - follow the program. Everyone is soo stuck on changing things that are proven to work ;)

/shrug meh... heh.

Saw your post on the DL. Nice job.
I deload about once every 3 cycles.
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Re: Why Deload?
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2014, 09:43:17 PM »

Saw your post on the DL. Nice job.
I deload about once every 3 cycles.

Old post...

And thanks! I remember the days watching a guy rep out 225 (225.. as in.. 225) and thinking that someday I was going to get that.. for a single... someday..  /sigh.
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