I recently read about a Deload-Week (doing about 40-60% of either the weights or reps you usually use/do for a week) in order to give your muscles a little time to recover without completly stopping to workout for a week nor training like normal.
In the articles I read and the videos I watched about the topic, everybody spoke about, that deloading isn't useful for beginners (and could even hurt the gains of a beginner). It was recommended to use a Deload-Week only when you are an advanced gym-goer, but none of them stated what they consider advanced.
In the articles, the authors write, that beginners can grow muscle more easily than advanced tranees, just because they are beginners (some call it newby-gains). This phenomenon seems to plateau over time as you train longer and thus making you an intermediate/advanced in the definition of these articles. Problem is, they don't give any information about when these newby-gains decrease nor when you should start doing deload.
I'm going to the gym since pretty much excactly half a year now. I did a full body workout for about 5 months and since one month I'm doing a split into upper and lower body workout. Before I went to the gym I did some bodyweight exercises at home for around another half a year.
I'm really interested in trying out deloading, but I'm quite unsure about my current level. Would I still be considered a beginner, and thus would deloading for a week hurt my gains?