Deloads are necessary, so why don’t I include them in the class programming?
First of all, we’re all adults - you can decide when and if you need a lighter week... If you come in ready to tear **** up, you don’t need one. If your joints and soul feel as old and as harsh as the Baltic Sea, maybe take some time off...
Secondly, even if you can’t decide, life will program a deload for you: irresistible weekends away, injuries, family commitments, business projects, a Thursday night where you said you weren’t going to drink but you ****ing did and now it’s Monday afternoon… These things happen - it’s called life, and it’s amazing, and it won’t fit neatly around your perfectly crafted super program…
Thirdly, our GPP is pretty high… Increased general physical preparedness enables us to train more often, recover quicker between workouts and allow for an increase in training volume... I place a high priority on a solid conditioning base, because without one, substantial gains are limited only to the genetically gifted… It’s not easy creating a program that blends strength, power and stamina in just the right doses; getting the volume just right for everyone to be successful, and not going overboard and creating a program so physically taxing that it cripples your CNS and makes strength gains impossible… It’s not easy sneaking in the flexibility, the structural balance work and the vegetables either, but that’s a topic for another time… Back to the deload topic: we have high GPP, and as such, we have high recovery capabilities - deloading every fourth week is just not necessary for us.
Fourth, if you’re paying for a service, you don’t want to be told you can’t or shouldn’t use that service. Pretty straightforward.
Maybe one of these applies to you, but likely all four do… Basically, we have a neat little system - a balanced program - that allows everyone to move safer, get stronger, faster, with increased stamina that works with [and can be translated to] your life outside [and inside] of the gym… Me programming in deloads would be unnecessary and would likely be met with resistance… And since I don’t get a say in what people do outside the gym, the deloads will remain firmly in the hands of the individual Blackbrook members…
~ Coach Collins
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