Originally Posted by JBrown
In standard periodization routines, like your fantastic "BIG" program, is it necessary to deload for an entire week before and after the 1 rep max attempt?
Especially if that attempt is an unspotted solid gym effort, not an all out meet.
It all depends on how your body is holding up. Will I say its a "must" no, but most people will need at least 1 week during that time frame to deload. I would take the week off before the max attempt week. Then if you felt fine, you could go back into it. I normally suggest that lifters do something different for a few weeks. Some odd lifts they dont normally do, something just for fun. Then jump right back into it.