Training and nutrition are integral parts of the strength building machine. However, an often underestimated and misunderstood component is the importance of rest.
A deload week, whereby you take a week to reduce volume and/or intensity, provides an excellent platform to further your progress. Here are 4 reasons why…
- Injury prevention – Weight training, or any form of physical training places stress on various structures of the body, including joints and the central nervous system. A rest period gives these areas an opportunity to rest before breaking point, thus boosting performance and longevity.
- Hunger – Training session after training session can have the effect of lowering your desire to get in the gym and improve. A rest week often helps to stoke the fire ensuring you’re raring to go.
- Growth – Remember, resistance training provides the stimulus, but it is the rest and recovery aspect where muscle and strength gains are made.
- Switch Focus – Another benefit of a deload is that it allows you to take a look at other aspects of your life, such as spending time with family and friends. This helps to return balance and perspective, reducing the likelihood of burnout and aiding with enjoyment.
The value of a deload week grows in importance as your training age increases. Be intelligent about your training and implement it into your schedule to optimise performance.
By Andrew Cammarano