Drawing on the expertise of the more seasoned lifters here, I'm curious to know what the consensus on deloads is. Are they essential for everybody, or only more advanced lifters? Schedule them fast a la 5/3/1 or only when a deload feels necessary? Total rest or active recovery? How does LISS, HIIT, sports, etc. effect the need for a deload? I've been doing 5/3/1 since the beginning of the year, but have skipped the deloads. But I'm a novice. I did take a week off recenty to recoup from an injury. Only benefit seemed to be fresher legs, which makes sense considering I squat two to three times a week and deadlift once. Thanks in advance.