Is it time for a deload?
If you're sore, tired, sick, blah, and still sore it might just be time for a deload week.
See, here's the thing. We beat ourselves up in the name of geeting stronger, faster, fitter. But what we actually do in the gym is tear ourselves apart. Literally. We get stronger, faster, and fitter as we RECOVER from the stimulus we just heaped on ourselves. Without recovery there is no progress.
That is why every day, 2-a-days, and constant met-cons don't get us closer to our goals. What you do outside of the gym can make or break what you work so hard for in the gym.
Take a break.
For some, a de-load week is requires as frequently as every 6 weeks. It doesn't mean sit on the couch and eat bonbons. It means back off. Play. Focus. Relax.
The easiest way to "deload" is to decrease the load, duration, and intensity of our workouts. Do half the weight, at half the speed, for half the reps. Don't use a clock. Go for *perfect* form.
Then spend some time kicking up into a handstand, holding an L sit, or working on ring dips. How's your pistol? Does your push-up need work? There's certainly time for some focus work on the things you suck at.
No, a deload week isn't a week off. It is a week off from your typical training week. It can save your body, your mind, and lead to some new PR's -- and who doesn't want that?
If you think you might be ready for a deload week, talk to us and we'll make it happen.