In a world full of hardcore attitudes and ‘no pain, no gain’ memes, any aspiring powerlifter, bodybuilder, or just someone trying to get lean and strong would be forgiven for thinking that they have to train at maximum intensity, 365 days of the year.

If the process of building a muscle involves breaking it down by causing damage, then resting and refuelling to help it repair and get bigger, then surely the more often you can repeat this process, the better?

So having a couple of days, a week, or even a few weeks off training would appear to be detrimental to progress.

If this is the case, then why are so many coaches in the industry recommending deloads?

Let’s find out.

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