[quote]Jim Wendler wrote:
After training principally with 4 week cycles (5-3-1-Deload), I recently started my first 7 week cycle (5-3-1-5-3-1-D) and next week is my first deload.
I am feeling noticeably more tired than normal, I am finding that at work, I am making many mistakes when I type.
What are the benefits of deloading over taking a complete week to rest/recover?[/quote]
That advice stands if you haven’t slept for a night or two in a row? I have horrible insomnia but every now and then have great workouts before I finally crash. My doctor and some friends recommended I don’t workout when sleep deprived, saying that I won’t make gains because my ability to recover is compromised. My gut feeling is to just to get my reps in and prepare for better days.
You can take a rest when you are dead or on vacation - keep training. [/quote]