Originally Posted by Brutorious
For the past 2 years or so, I have done nothing but low rep/heavy weight schemes. Bill Starr's/Madcow's 5x5, Some olympic based programs etc. I have ran the 20 rep squat program twice, and that's the only thing outside of the heavy lifting I have done with high reps...but that program is just brutal.
I was thinking a few month's ago every so often I tend to get extra fatigued, even though I deload after every program, I have experimented with 1 week off, 2 weeks off, 1 week off then 1 week light lifting. And I do alright, I was wondering if it was still all adding up and I still wasn't giving my CNS enough time to recover adequately. At times I still feel like im fatigued.
Do any of you ever do a light weight/high rep routine every so often, maybe once or twice a year to really give your body a break from the heavy lifting? or substitute some of the compound taxing lifts for lesser ones?
I guess im just curious how others handle their deloading and recovery through out the year.
Any input would be appreciated.
I don't deload, in the basic definition of the word. However, I let my body and how I am feeling, numeric values (days of rest, routine performance and volume, frequency, etc, and diet), play into decisions on whether I take an extra day or days of recovery from one workout to the next. And, every 6 to 8 weeks, I take a complete week off from training completely.
I do lighter training in the 12 to 15 rep ranges, when diet is arranged for depletion.
Best wishes to you and your family,