Any legitimate strength program should incorporate a Deload Week. Most programs are usually three weeks hard, one week at 50% or so. The reason we do this is to let the body recover, so we can continue to lift hard and heavy. It’s been proven time and time again, that Deload Weeks are a huge aspect of gaining strength, but also staying injury free.
If this sounds horrible to you and you want to stay active. You can also try a Contrast Week. The Contrast Week is a change in program from what you normally do. For example, if you are a powerlifter, you would flip over to a hypertrophy program for one week. Or if you are a bodybuilder, you can flip to a kettlebell program for a week. Not only does this work well, but it’s also nice to change the variety of training that you were doing, to give you a rest from your normal program.
Coach Zack Whitmer