How Long To Rest Between Sets

By | September 4, 2015

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Here is a quick little article to end up the confusion of how long to rest betwen sets within a workout.

So what is the optimal rest time between sets for muscle growth? Is it 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes or 5 minutes?

To be honest it all depends on what type of training you’re doing and what you’re trying to accomplish.

It’s impossible to give a person one absolute timeframe that would be the best for gaining size and strength. We are all different and some people take more time to recover between sets than others.

Every time you’re entering the gym your main focus should be moving the most amount of weight with proper form. As you’re training with heavy intensity you will have to rest so that you’re fully alert and focused to try and hit your desired repetitions within the set.

The bottom line is that:

You should rest as long as you need to feel recovered from the last set.

When you feel that you’re ready to give the best effort possible, you’re ready for the next set. This might take you 1 minute or 10 minutes, it doesn’t matter. Just rest as long as you need.

Different exercises usually require different resting times.Bar_bending

For example doing heavy sets of squats or deadlifts will require a lot more recovery than tricep pushdowns since you’re using way bigger muscle groups.

There are some instances when specific timeframes can be utilized to induce more metabolic fatigue.

There are many different ways to overload your muscles like performing more repetitions per set, more weight on the bar or doing repetitions with dead stop on the bottom part of the lift.

You can also overload by incorporating specific rest times between sets.

Usually if you implement this kind of training, you have to lower the weight a bit since you cannot move as much weight after the first set since you do not have enough time to recover.

This is a great way to achieve different kind of overload and new training stimulus if you feel like you’ve been stuck with a given weight for some time.

I hope this quick little article helped to clear the confusion around this common matter.

Remember to train hard and train SMART!

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