Please excuse my ignorance, but before I started reading this site regularly, I had never heard of the term deloading before. I ran a few searches and found out that it is a short period of time, like a week, in which people train at lower intensity or lower volume after a long duration on a routine.
My question is, is this necessary to do? I've been pushing myself to the limit in the gym for 6 months now and haven't done a deloading week. Should I take one? Is it only if you start to slow or stop in making gains?
Thanks in advance for any advice on the subject.