I believe it was Dave Tate that said something along the lines:
Deload only at your injuries. An injury that requires surgery will require at least 6 weeks before you touch a barbell again. That’s a good time to deload.[/quote]
Dave Tate is the guy who quit competitive lifting because his body was torn to shreds, right? The guy with multiple pec, quad, hamstring tears? And a shoulder that needed re-constructed? Not to mention being juiced up the entire time?
You might think about looking elsewhere for advice about deloading.[/quote]
Are you really trying to talk bad about Dave Tate? He did more for powerlifting than almost anyone else, not including Louie Simmons, who he trained directly under by the way. I think Dave is a perfect person to listen to about deloading.[/quote]
No – not at all. What he did was take something Dave said, and use it out of context and totally warped the meaning of it.
This is what I think he was referring to:
“This brings up the next point; if you are hardcore then you should be competing two to three times per year. Each time you will have a one week deload before the meet and another light week after. This is six weeks a year of deloading. Now if you factor in those days you have to back off due to muscle pulls and training partners who donâ??t show up, you can add in another four weeks minimum.”
And I agree with what Dave Tate said (not that he needs my validation or anything). Unless he said it in a joking manner, or as a reflection of the way he used to train, I can’t imagine Dave Tate saying “you should only deload when you’re so fucked up you can’t lift right anyways”.