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Annie Zibli 12-19-2013 05:03 PM

Rest period after training cycle?
 
Hello All,

I am wondering whether it is smart to take a week off in between training cycles, or whether it is fine to continue on with starting the cycle over, or moving on to a different cycle, immediately following?

Specifically, I am in week 6 of a 6-week general strength cycle, and I'm wondering if it's okay to start the front squat emphasis cycle on the next Monday. I'm feeling good and recovering well, but I'm not sure if it's standard/smart to rest in between.

Thank you very much in advance for any replies/advice!

Keith Miller 12-20-2013 08:53 AM

I would say that if you're recovering well, you can move right into the next cycle. I don't think you need to take it completely off, unless you feel like you're totally wrecked from the previous cycle.

In between those two, you can take a deload week, but it sounds like you really don't need it. Most of the programs start you off a bit lighter anyways. However, I notice on most of his programs he says to take a light(er) week to deload. So, not really sure.

Annie Zibli 12-20-2013 09:03 AM

Thanks, Keith, there is a deload built into the last week of the program.

Keith Miller 12-25-2013 12:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Annie Zibli (Post 101143)
Thanks, Keith, there is a deload built into the last week of the program.

In that case, you can just go right into the next program!!

Glad I could help. :D

Greg Everett 01-06-2014 03:16 PM

I agree - if you're feeling well, just go ahead. Many times I use what I call a "week 0" - basically a rest/transition week between tough training cycles, but if you're not feeling worn down, you can probably skip it, as whatever cycle you start next will begin relatively easy.

Travis Hansen 04-26-2014 09:27 AM

Are you a general fitness enthusiast or an athlete? I think you are fine taking a break every 3-4 weeks to prevent CNS down-regulation or "crashing." Westside barbell has idenitified that various aspects of the CNS start to suffer if we go more than 3 weeks hard, even if you are rotating movements. Take that fourth week to rehab, prehap, conditioning aerobically, or whatever to help reboot the system and get out of the recovery debt. This of course will depend on your experience level and current strength level. If you aren't extremely strong than periodic deload microcycles or weeks would suffice for sure. Hope that helps. Good luck!

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