Sunday, October 18th, 2009

How Much Should I Rest Between Sets?

October 12, 2009 by Kris Jones  
Filed under Fitness, Weight Lifting

Lifting weights isn’t only about what you can do but how fast you do it. Two people that complete the exact same exercises with the same amount of sets may walk away with completely different workouts because of how much rest between sets.

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Generally, you want to rest 30 seconds to 1 minute between sets. The range varies according to your fitness level and workout intensity. A beginner will need more rest than a regular weight lifter simply because they aren’t accustomed to lifting weight.

If you’re trying to bulk up or lift for heavy weight, then you may want to rest 15 seconds to a minute more to handle the weight or lift for performance. Otherwise, you’ll want to fall in the 30 seconds to 1 minute range.

Advanced lifters may go for less and sometimes even no rest between some sets. No rest sets are referred to as super sets.

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One Response to “How Much Should I Rest Between Sets?”
  1. Sean says:

    Now now… we all know it has everything to do with you intended goal.
    There is such a thing as too much rest as well.
    For someone power lifting or wanting pure strength/mass gains then yep I’d agree with the 1 min. mark.
    But what about circuit training? Or super-sets?
    And what about those jabber-jaws who hog a rack for 20 minutes to do just 3 sets???
    Sorry.. I’m spewing from the mouth again.. LOL

    In all seriousness it really does come down to the intended goal. I think there is no one ‘right’ way.. but there is definitely a ‘wrong’ way.
    Just my 2.5 cents.

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