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Fitness, Health, Motivation — April 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Pause in-between sets

Exercising with a discipline by the program you have set for yourself is always a positive thing, but there is more to that particular discipline. What people often neglect when they workout in the gym is the pauses between sets. Those few minutes are essential to the bony energy needed for lifting weights.

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Normally, an in-between set pause lasts around 2-3 minutes: there are situations when that pause tends to increase to 5 to 10 minutes by the cause of small chit-chat. No rule states that conversation is forbidden in the gym, but to overreact may sometimes distract other people in the gym who are working out. So, pay attention to the timeframe between sets.
The 2-3 minute pause is great for the CNS – Central Nervous System, especially when you lift heavier weights for muscular mass.

Hormones are next in line for the pause benefits. The body uses the time to release enough growth hormones and testosterone for the following repetition or exercise. A period of 2 minutes is quite enough for them to be rest comfortably.

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Lifting weights triggers muscle fiber. The same goes for them – 2 to 3 minutes of rest regenerates muscular fibers quite well.

These are just mare facts, but what you will encounter in your experience will tell you even more. For those already involved in weight lifting, you know that sometimes 2-3 minutes I not enough. Maybe the muscle fibers and testosterone will regenerate, but the hart and lungs may want a few seconds more. Time is money, so don’t waste it too long on small talk. Concentrate on the exercise and make the muscles work in the gym, not your mouth.

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