If you’re looking to get stronger, you want to use linear progression and add little bits of weight to the bar every single workout. You do this as long as you can, but eventually your muscles can’t adapt and recover quickly enough. When you’ve attempted a weight at your target sets/reps for a few workouts and you aren’t able to get it, you need to “de-load.”
So you strip 10% of the weight off the bar for the next workout, and begin adding weight again. You’ll be surprised how many times your body blows right past your prior sticking point.
A few weeks later, you may stall out again. You de-load, then ramp back up. It’s like you’re getting a running start–allowing your body the chance to get some speed before attempting a new weight.
I was snooping around our forums today and noticed a post about overbudgeting during their first month with the program.
And I’ve been re-reading Starting Strength, so naturally this post came together.
When you first start out with your budgeting, you’ll feel really good. You’ll feel good because you’ll have control that you maybe haven’t felt for a while. Even though you may not have done anything substantial, you’ll have a clear picture of where you’re at, every dollar in your account(s) will have a job, and you’ll feel less stressed. I can guarantee that.
And then something lame will happen that will blow your best-laid plans out of the water. You’ll stall. Burn out. The potential reasons for the stall are too numerous to list.
And that’s where you de-load. Give yourself some budget “breathing room” somewhere. Take 10% off the bar so you can get a running start back toward paying down debt, putting a bit more toward retirement, saving for that awesome thing, etc.
After the De-Load, Attack with a Vengeance
Franco didn’t get to that deadlift by adding five pounds to the bar every single workout. It was an up and down journey that trended in the right direction! It’s okay if you have a target for your debt snowball of $100 extra per month, and then in month two you only manage $50. That’s okay. It’s a de-load. You’re just getting a running start to find that $100 next month and then you’ll bust through it and keep moving forward!
Once you’ve had that breather, attack your financial goals again with a vengeance. The de-load isn’t being lazy. It’s strategic realism–knowing that the best laid plans change five minutes later.