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How much rest should we take in between sets?

Thomas Stinson

Well this depends on the desired outcome and the goal of the client.

If you are trying to achieve strength and power, you would want to take a solid 5 minutes rest between each set.

This way we would allow for your energy stores to be optimally restored. If hypertrophy is your goal, 60 seconds would do the trick.

When wanting to build muscle it is important to recover but not completely.

Now, if conditioning is your objective, 15-30 seconds rest will deplete oxygen stores and will force the body to utilize oxygen more efficiently and increase red blood cells to provide more oxygen to the muscles.

About The Author

Douglas Zimmerman is board certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist. His certifications were attained through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and he is certified in Sport’s Hypnosis through The National Exercise & Sports Trainer Association. Additionally Douglas is certified through Apex, the leader in nutritional academia. He currently is a Big Brother in the Big Brother, Big Sister foundation. Douglas is also active in charitable events including; raising money for the homeless, UPARC fundraisers, and green events. Read More »

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