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    Whats a deload?

    I`ve used the search button and i`m assuming its just where u take time off??


    Whats the advantage or point of a deload? what exactly is considered a deload and why would u use it?

    Any information on the topic is appreciated.
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    From my understanding a deload is any type of limit you put to your training whether is be lowering weight, sets, and reps. To even taking a few days to a week off without any training. Some people see the benefits of this at the end of a program before starting another program. It's also used in cases where overtraining might be present.
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    Originally Posted by AUnwrittenStory View Post
    From my understanding a deload is any type of limit you put to your training whether is be lowering weight, sets, and reps. To even taking a few days to a week off without any training. Some people see the benefits of this at the end of a program before starting another program. It's also used in cases where overtraining might be present.
    Oh ok thanx, i only ask cuz someone at ym gym was like "im on a deload week, so im pretty much just doing some reps to get blood flowing through the body"

    and then i got on here and saw someone post soemtihng about being on a deload haha so was just curious.
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    From the stickies in the 'exercises' forum, a very good explanation of the process:


    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...hp?t=121391461
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    Originally Posted by ironwill2008 View Post
    From the stickies in the 'exercises' forum, a very good explanation of the process:


    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...hp?t=121391461
    Ya beat me to it Bill lol
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    Deloading is an often overlooked technique....something I dont believe in...for now.
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    Deloading is a component of lots of time-tested training methods. Those using dual-factor periodization are the most direct - there is a loading phase (some number of weeks) where workload is relatively heavy, pushing the trainee to the limits or just beyond their recovery capacity, and then a deloading phase where work is drastically reduced for a short time to allow the body to recover and "supercompensate", i.e. adapt and become stronger than it was before.

    Some kind of deload is often used by strength athletes trying to "peak" for a competitive event - hard training till maybe a week before the event, then a rest or big cut in training load just prior to the event to allow for optimum performance on the day of competition.
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