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October 5, 2012 5:29 PM
Necessary or not? Finished the 3rd week of 5/3/1 and next week is supposed to be the deload week. I have to admit it seems kind of pointless to me. I feel strong. Soreness in my muscles has been gone within 2 days of working them. I totally understand taking it easy if you are feeling worn down but is scheduling every fourth week really necessary?

I basically have a 4 day split.

Day 1 chest
Day 2 legs
Day 3 off
Day 4 shoulders
Day 5 back
Day 6 off
Day 7 off or start over (just depends)

5 days before I hit a muscle group again seems like a good enough break to me but I really want to hear what some of you have to say on this.
  18262944
October 5, 2012 5:45 PM
I don't understand it either. I make progress on that week instead.
October 5, 2012 5:59 PM
Every 4 weeks? That doesn't sound right. Stretch it out closer to 8 weeks....or when the body and CNS tells you. And yes, a deload week is important.
  27322159
October 5, 2012 8:09 PM
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Every 4 weeks? That doesn't sound right. Stretch it out closer to 8 weeks....or when the body and CNS tells you. And yes, a deload week is important.


Thanks. This is more in line with what I was thinking.
  18262944
October 5, 2012 8:12 PM
I did the deload week as recommended, then the next week I hit PRs on everything.

Did you read the book?
Edited by McBully4 On October 5, 2012 8:13 PM
October 5, 2012 8:19 PM
Yes and the info he has posted online about it. He obviously believes in it. I was interested in what others thought about it.
  18262944
October 5, 2012 8:44 PM
i save deloads for vactations since the equipment can be limited.
October 5, 2012 8:48 PM
Want to skip the deload, then go ahead. That's your prerogative. But if your progress stalls out and you reset, adding the deload would be among the first things I tweak. I always do the deload week. I need it by the time I get there. And I enter the next cycle nice and fresh.
  28503205
October 5, 2012 8:57 PM
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Want to skip the deload, then go ahead. That's your prerogative. But if your progress stalls out and you reset, adding the deload would be among the first things I tweak. I always do the deload week. I need it by the time I get there. And I enter the next cycle nice and fresh.


That was kind of my line of thinking. Say I progress until I "stall out" without the deload. Maybe that happen in one cycle or maybe three and THEN I do a deload. Is just cycling one in every fourth week optimal or is it just to make it a one-size-fits-all program? Im not saying that is what I think just looking for an education on the subject.
  18262944
October 5, 2012 9:19 PM
Well it's obviously worked for Wendler and continues to work. I assume he believes that it's optimal. There's something to be said for following a program to the letter. Similar to trying out a recipe for the first time. I'm on my 7th cycle; I've been following it pretty much to the letter and I'm finding it very effective.

My opinion is that it's worth taking the deload. I find the mental and physical break very welcome and refreshing. If you decided to skip it, maybe for just the first couple of cycles, it doesn't seem unreasonable. Over the following months, as the weight goes up, who knows, maybe you'll want to deload.
  28503205
October 5, 2012 9:51 PM
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Well it's obviously worked for Wendler and continues to work. I assume he believes that it's optimal. There's something to be said for following a program to the letter. Similar to trying out a recipe for the first time. I'm on my 7th cycle; I've been following it pretty much to the letter and I'm finding it very effective.

My opinion is that it's worth taking the deload. I find the mental and physical break very welcome and refreshing. If you decided to skip it, maybe for just the first couple of cycles, it doesn't seem unreasonable. Over the following months, as the weight goes up, who knows, maybe you'll want to deload.


Thank you. I know people see results by following the program and that is important. It is when people skip the deload and still see results that makes me question whether their frequency might be a little too cautious. If there is such a thing. : )

I guess I am in no hurry and I am getting a little too old to be taking risks with heavy ass weight so I will not eliminate them completely. Week 1 and 2 are already pretty low intensity so it just feels like there is potential for more progress. Thanks again for the input.
  18262944
October 5, 2012 10:07 PM
It's a marathon remember? ;)

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