Hi everyone! I've read mixed advice about training breaks: some experts advocate a break from all cardio and weights every 12 weeks, some say every 8 weeks, and others don't give a specific guideline other than to listen to your body. I think I've also read Lyle McDonald arguing that HiiT should not be used for longer than 6-8 week periods. Does anyone here follow a specific policy with regards to training breaks? Or do you deload at specific intervals in your training? What %age weight do you use during your deload period? In the past, I have usually had to take a forced training break of 3-7 days every 4-5 months or so due to travel. I am wondering whether I need to take a voluntary training break now: I am feeling worn down, unmotivated to train, and my body feels more sore than usual even on rest days. I'm also having trouble sleeping, but wonder whether that's other hormone related... I'm also a bit tired of following a diet regimen (that's psychological, though), and long for a couple days completely off plan. Scared of that, though. My last training break was about 3 months ago. I haven't had an "off" day of planned eating in a year. (But I HAVE been following a maintenance diet for the past week.) I'm thinking of taking a few days off plan before resuming diet and training plans next week.