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Art of the Deload

Written on February 23, 2008 at 3:29 pm, by Eric Cressey

The Overlooked Component of Programming?

I often get approached by people asking me to review their training programs.  They generally list several days, each with several exercises and set/rep schemes.  My response?

“Okay, so there, you’ve got one week. What happens when you do that for a few weeks, then hit a plateau, or wind up just feeling overworked and unmotivated?"

With that question, I've basically asked them indirectly if they understand how important it is to fluctuate training stress and effectively incorporate deload phases.  In the overwhelming majority of cases, people look at me like I have two heads - so I decided to put together a special report on the subject to shed some light on the subject and prove to everyone that I'm not nuts.


In this 21-page special report, you'll learn:

  • My Top 10 deloading strategies for athletes and weekend warriors alike
  • How to modify programming in deload weeks to build healthy joints
  • Why taking down weeks is often the best way to build strength much faster
  • How to plan for a big personal best at the end of your deload week
  • Whether complete rest is right or not for you
  • How those with a history of injuries should deload to stay healthy
  • Why some lifters need to deload on volume, while others deload on intensity
  • Why two lifters might deload differently even if they're both want to increase muscle mass
  • Why beginner deloads should be completely different than intermediate and advanced deloads
  • The different strategies for fluctuating training stress from week-to-week
  • Why volume-related overtraining is markedly different than intensity-related overtraining - and how to avoid both kinds of overtraining

Click here to order "The Art of the Deload" for only $19.99 $12.99 using our 100% secure website.

2 Responses to “Art of the Deload”

  1. Newsletter #119 | EricCressey.com Says:

    […] You can’t go hard all the time. I wrote an entire e-book on deloading, but if I had to give you the Cliff’s Notes version, it would be that you’d be wise to hold […]

  2. Newsletter #110 | EricCressey.com Says:

    […] You also recently released an e-book called The Art of the Deload.  What prompted you to write a manual all about taking time off […]

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