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Fitness, Health — December 16, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Rest between Sets

Get ready for the next round:
Workout Rest Get ready for the next round

Resting between sets in an exercise is very is very important. The thing about short rests is that they bring the body’s energy to a normal state ready for the following repetition. The muscles, lung and heart require the need of a pause no matter how easy or hard the exercise is. A simple pause won’t do the trick. I will present a few tips on how to rest properly before the next heavy lift.

Working out together is always and advantage when achieving goals:
Working out together is always and advantage when achieving goals

The first thing about rests between sets is that it increases as the sets become harder. The more heavily the next set is, the more time you have to allow the body to recuperate. To regain strength you need about 3-5 minutes of pause between sets.

A little sweat won’ hurt a bit. Its the sign of a great workout:
A little sweat won't hurt a bit, great workout

However, the rest period between sets varies depending on weather you exercise for muscle mass or muscular definition. When exercising for muscle mass, you tend to lift heavier weights with less sets and repetitions. The resting period between sets here should be from 3 to 6 minutes. When exercising fro muscular definition, the resting period between sets should be from 1 to 4 minutes.

Taking a break with a friend:
Workout Rest Taking a break with a friend

Like I mentioned in my previous texts, it is important to listen to yourself. If you feel that 6 minutes is not enough to pause the heart beat, feel free to prolong the pause a little bit (but not too long, you don’t want to lose body heat). Don’t forget to drink water from time to time in order to prevent dehydration and dizziness. Avoid eating of any kind.

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