Or to take schedule breaks in your training.
A deload is typically a week spent recovering from exercise by making a significant cut-back on physical activity. These are fantastic at dropping built up cortisol (water retention) (aka breaking plateaus) but are also essential for connective tissue reparations and the restoration of testosterone levels.
Deloading is also vital for those that suffer from tendonitis.
Ways to deload while weight training:
-Cut frequency in half (e.g. Hit each muscle group once per week instead of twice, e.g. 2 instead of 4 sessions per week)
-Cut volume in half either through doing half the number of sets or half the reps per set
-Cut intensity in half – 50% of load used normally but same number of sets, exercises, and sessions.
~Coach Mike Marconi