Last week was a de-load week for me and I went to girls camp for my church. Much needed break for my body and mind. Today I was eager to get back at it and had an awesome workout! Aside from the broken ponytail, hence my hair down. 🤷
De-load weeks or couple of days are good for your body when you lift heavy. They have been shown to help decrease injury and help your body to heal. Which we all know makes you stronger. I used to struggle with what to do on these weeks, but I think I've figured out what works for me. I will pick two to three lifts each day and do roughly 3 sets of 8-12 reps at about 50% of my normal heavy weight I've been using. I will also only do three days of cardio - whatever strikes me fity that day. However last week obviously was different, I was in the mountains and didn't really have control over my food. It's not the norm, so I just didn't stress out about it. Just ate what looked good, even if it was dessert for breakfast with my older girls. Balance right? 😏 I did move way more than normal, not a lot of sitting down for the leaders. 🤷 I took all my tracking measurements and pictures this morning for my next lifting cycle and things were pretty close to when I left. That's a good sign.
Do you take de-load weeks/days or cycle your workouts?