#14 – Life Finds A Way… to Deload You It’s a fact of life – training isn’t always going to go how you like. Whether it’s an arduous work schedule, travel, sickness, or any other reason, you will miss training sessions from time to time. If you are training rather than exercising, however, there’s a model for regaining the lost ground during that time period. It’s called a deload, and it’s a useful tool in our training arsenal. As the name suggests, a deload is simply a term we use to describe a reduction in load, or intensity, of the workouts in a training cycle. Even though we call it a de-“load,” it can also apply to volume. When you miss training, there’s no stress being applied to stimulate physical adaptation per the Stress-Recovery-Adaptation cycle, thus detraining occurs. How much detraining depends on the length of the layoff, the reason for it (i.e. sickness will detrain you more than a vacation, especially if you lose weight), and how advanced the trainee is. Generally speaking, more advanced trainees will detrain less than more novice trainees. Age plays a big role too; as many Starting Strength Coaches have observed, older trainees tend to deload quickly without intensity in their training. So, deloads are both a necessary and inevitable part of training. It’s not a negative thing either! Deloading can be a good time to iron out technique issues that have crept up, or dissipate accumulated fatigue from the end of a strenuous training cycle. Crystal 2018-07-12T20:29:24+00:00 Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditPinterestEmail Related Posts #32 – Coach, Trainer, or Babysitter? What Makes a Real Coach Gallery #32 – Coach, Trainer, or Babysitter? What Makes a Real Coach November 16th, 2018 | 0 Comments #31 – Lower Back Pain, Pt. 3: Fight Pain with Education and Exposure Therapy Gallery #31 – Lower Back Pain, Pt. 3: Fight Pain with Education and Exposure Therapy November 9th, 2018 | 0 Comments #30 – The Value of Competition Gallery #30 – The Value of Competition November 2nd, 2018 | 0 Comments #29 – Lower Back Pain, Pt. 2: More Than a Feeling – The Neuroscience of Pain Gallery #29 – Lower Back Pain, Pt. 2: More Than a Feeling – The Neuroscience of Pain October 26th, 2018 | 0 Comments #28 – Lower Back Pain, Pt. 1: How Does Your Spine Work? Anatomy and Function Gallery #28 – Lower Back Pain, Pt. 1: How Does Your Spine Work? Anatomy and Function October 19th, 2018 | 0 Comments Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.