Is it OK to train 3x3 with 2 mins rest in between sets? I have enough rest to perform a quality set and am not breathing so hard. Does this mean it's alright?
Would 3 mins be a bare minimum for strength training? Will less rest cause unwanted side affects even if I get all the reps done? Will it cause unwanted mass gains?
you are over thinking it.
My rest times are determined by how much time I have to finish my workout and if i feel recovered from my last set.
6'2 - 105kg (231lb) - 14%bf
B: 137.5kg (303lb)
S: 172.5kg (380lb)
D: 227.5kg (502lb)
If you're going for strength, you need to rest. I wouldn't spend any time looking at clock. Rest and make sure you can hit the weights that need to be hit. Rest on assistance work can be short - 60-90 seconds.
It depends what your workouts look like.
After a big squat it should be 3-5 minutes to recover for the next set.... at least. Could be 10-15.
For auxiliary work I like to cut rest times as short as possible though.
For the main lifts I want to be as well rested as possible without getting cold ( I do well with 10-15 guys on a monolift moving fast)... for auxiliary work I'm less concerned with the actual weight and more with how hard I'm working so if I rush my rest and end up only overhead pressing 105's for 10 instead of 120s that's fine.... I don't compete in overhead press, it's just auxiliary work.
Meet PR's: 1008-711-744 = 2464
Gym PR's... don't count ... time to do another meet!