Boost Maximal Strength With Detraining
You like to tell people that you train 5 days a week every week. But if your goal is to maximize strength, you might want to consider taking 3 to 5 days off about once a month. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests a short period of detraining can boost results.
Eight men with weight lifting experience were tested before and after a pair of 4-week training periods, and also after each rest period of 3.5 or 5.5 days with no weight training. All subjects exhibited improved peak force and countermovement jump height. These expressions of maximal strength were similar between groups and probably a result of decreased muscle fatigue.