Whenever I go on a bulking cycle (I’m currently in one), I go super hard and increase weight & reps every week to max. muscle growth & strength gains.
However, I usually build in a rest week during which I do not train at all (and lower my calories to maintenance) to give my body time to recover whenever I start feeling too tired.
This time I went rly heavy for 2 months (9 weeks) straight and decided to put in a rest week b/c I was starting to feel the exhaustion and dont want to risk getting injured.
My question - is a full rest week the best way to give your body a break or would you suggest that I keep lifting but just with lower weights/volume for a week instead (keep in mind that my goal is to max. muscle building during on weeks and allow time for recovery during my rest week without loosing any muscle)?