Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Deload

A deload is a light workout meant to allow for recovery time without taking a complete day off.

Generally, deloads are structured around maximum effort - you reduce the total number of sets and reps you do, plus some percentage of intensity (i.e. how heavy). But Dave Tate just wrote a new article that hits this from a different angle - deloading based on the type of work you are talking about - volume lifting for size, heavy lifting for strength, rehabilitation lifting for injuries, etc.

Take a look!



(Admin note: I'm not sure what happened to this draft - it looked fine when I wrote it and hit "publish" but it was just gone when I looked at it now. I've re-written it as I remember it.)
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