Planned deloads should not be necessary in a programme.

Why are planned deloads not needed? A well constructed programme operates within an athlete’s recovery ability.

Follow the minimal effective dose rule:

If you’re showing signs of overtraining -adjustments to the programme or recovery methods (including stress, nutrition, sleep) are required.

You should be following the minimal effective dose rule. If some is enough, why do more?

Life gives you deloads…

…niggles, sickness, work, family etc.

You can’t plan how you’ll feel/be responding to training in 6 weeks time.

How fatigued you are comes down to more than training, it comes down the nutrition, psychological factors, sleep and much more. That can’t be pre-planned.