is deloading taking a week off after 10-12 weeks of lifting/interval training 6 days a week worth it in the long run? because everytime i take a week off i gain like 10-15 pounds.
asked bymike_39 (504)
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on April 14, 2013
at 11:15 PM
i asked about hormone therapy because a man over 30 could not train 6 days a week on a caloric deficit. so at 19 your body is naturally producing all the testosterone and hgh you will need. but it will give you a whole lot more with adequate food and rest. with 6 days of weight training and a lack of nutrition you are significantly limiting hormone production, and it's the hormone levels that will yield the biggest dividends.
having an off week, or deloading as you put it, every ten rigorous weeks is not nearly enough rest. and the very question you pose is whether or not that week off is worth it. but ask yourself if the results you are seeing between this week and last, or last and the one before, are any different? my guess is that you're up against a wall. with a 6 day training regimen and a caloric deficit you are telling your body there is scarcity, famine. when your body is in scarcity it doesn't build muscle or shed calories. muscle becomes the liability and fat becomes the asset.
if it were me, at 19 years old, i would take two to three weeks off completely, maybe partake in a jog twice a week. allow my CNS to recover, my hormone levels to rise and regulate, and my metabolism to pick back up. and i would spend that time reading up on proper training technique and nutrition. you have a 3-5 year window to literally build a body that will retain most of it's skeletal and muscular structure until you are an old man. use this window wisely, learn how to do it right, and you will never have to deload again in your life.
on April 14, 2013
at 10:38 PM
Michael, I answered the bloating question yesterday. I would like to get clear on your training. As I understand it, you'r training 6 days a week and you're running 500 cals under maintenance? Are you running some kind of hormone therapy alongside? What's your objective? Thanks.