However, I've been pushing my training pretty hard for over seven weeks now. I lift four times a week plus one or two sessions of HIIT and mobility work, I've missed only one workout (due to sickness) and never skipped a rep/set. I give it my best every workout and after over seven weeks…I'm feeling it.
Just like a runner would take a week off after a race it's common for powerlifters to take a deload
week after cycling through a series of workouts or right before/after a meet to allow their mind and body to rest and recover. I've got two more lifts and then will be taking an entire week to deload.
I'm not sharing this to complain as it's just part of the training cycle. The aches and pains are no different from any other powerlifter. I am sharing this because I think important to know your own cues as to when you need to take time off. Hashtags like #nodaysoff sound pretty badass but is it the most productive approach to your training? In my opinion, there is a difference between pushing through a workout when you're feeling less awesome and completely ignoring your body when it's waving a white flag.
Taking a day, a few days or even and entire week of rest isn't a sign of weakness. The rest you take outside of the gym is just as important as the training you do inside the gym.
Your turn: How do you know when you need to take time off vs. push through a workout?