Episode 19 of The Muscle Engineer Podcast is a roundtable discussion dissecting the topic of deloading, which was originally released as episode 99 of Abel Csabai’s Sustainable Self Development podcast.
In this episode Abel, Vincent Sparagna and myself pretty much beat to death deloading in an episode that’s – in my obviously biased opinion – the most in-depth yet practical discussion on the matter.
Topics addressed with time stamps:
5:24 – What is deloading and what’s the purpose behind it?
9:54 – Are deloads necessary or could you get away with not taking them?
12:20 – Is there a need to pre-schedule deloads?
20:36 – “Reactive” deloads; pros and cons
36:00 – The psychological impact of deloads
44:28 – Building up volume over the weeks up to your MRV, overreaching and then deloading
53:38 – Issues with purposeful overreaching and hitting your MRV
1:01:06 – How each of us likes to use deloads in practice
1:13:22 – Cardio during deloads
1:15:53 – How should you manipulate your food intake during a deload?
1:20:30 – The summary of what we discussed and my practical suggestions / take-aways
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