How often should you have a deload week?
For those of you that are not aware, a deload is when you schedule in a reduction in your training volume. The main reason for this is to help improve your workouts when you begin your next cycle.
You drop the weight that you lift or you may even train less than you normally do.
I often take a deload week around every 3-4 weeks, however everyone is different. Many people believe that scheduling in a deload will hinder the progress that they make.
Deload weeks can occur on a natural basis, for example when you are on holiday or even when you are busy and do not train as frequently as you normally do.
As a general practice, it is good to schedule these in or just give yourself a week off from training at least every 12 weeks.
It is vital to listen to what your body is telling you. If your body is feeling tired or your performance when it comes to training starts to fall then you know that is the right time to have a lighter week.