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    When To Deload

    In my pursuit for more strength, I've added in a mixture of intensity and volume using a variety of protocols to my 5/3/1 program. That of which aren't really important for this thread... However to make a long description short, I've added in sets of heavy singles and other sets of high volume reps.

    Now after doing this for about a month, the initial quick gains that I saw slowed down, and as I kept adding or modifying things, my body quickly began to develop some pains and my motivation has dropped...

    To name a few... My wrist has begun to be sore, I'm experiencing random back tightness, weakness and slight pain. Where I was usually super hype to go train, now I have a lack of drive and focus. In short, my work out quality has begun to suffer.

    Is this over training? Maybe. All I know is that it is deload time! Luckily, my scheduled deload is next week and I will report back with how the deload has improved or affected my training quality and pains.

    Moral to this story: If you are starting to get soreness, pain, injuries or are experiencing a lack of focus, maybe it is time for a deload and then ramp back up!

    You can't go balls to the wall every training session for weeks on end, or you will lose your focus or get injured!
    Last edited by Raleighwood; 02-03-2011 at 04:53 PM.
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