Are you making progress? Is it the kind of progress that you want? Quick words of advice: - I do not like or believe in deloading. - Rather than deloading, why not reload and move to another exercise or another set or rep range? - Why not just take a day off if you feel run down? Why would you plan it? To me it seems like people plan stuff they donâ€™t even know they need. - Deadlifting heavy every 10-14 days gives you a decent amount of time to recover and make improvements. If you are doing speed pulls under 80% you might be able to get away with deadlifting a little more often. - If you shirt up on a Thursday does it really make any sense to push your speed bench 3 days later? I'd say no. Why bother doing any benching unless you feel you can get something out of it? - If you work up on DE squat day is there a reason to do a big box squat on your ME day? No. Those were some random notes but I think they should help. Ultimately, better planning will help you avoid deloading altogether. The purpose of our sport is to lift weights, so why take a break? If we were lifting for football I could understand pulling certain movements out and working on other attributes, but weâ€™re powerlifters. We lift. Thatâ€™s what we do. If lifting makes you too tired, youâ€™re in the wrong sport.
Interview With Mark Bell
EliteFTS interviews 308 powerlifter and owner of Super Training gym Mark Bell. Thoughts on deloading for elite powerlifters: