I'm just curious as to how many of you take a planned week off once in awhile. I know some coaches like it, one of those I believe is Dan John. I'd like to get a bit deeper into the question though. When do you guys find it really helpful to take a week off? When you're training heavy? Lots of volume? For example when I was doing 5/3/1 I originally just deloaded my main lifts.
However as time went on I came to value the reload week, and made myself earn it so I could actually deload and drop assistance work. Every few cycles I would take the week completely off and by the time it was over I was dying to get back on the gym. I've been dealing with some injuries for the past 8 months and have had to adjust my training greatly to work around them.
As such I find myself using much lighter loads, but more volume. Not a ton more, but more. As a result I haven't taken any weeks off, as I feel I haven't needed them. Besides it's discouraging to take a week off when you're already losing progress due to injuries. I got off on a tangent there, but moral of the story is I'm debating taking a week off but I'm insure how it will affect me negatively without really training as hard as I could be to begin with.
Regardless of my situation do you guys value a week off, and if you do more so during a period of high volume or training heavy?