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    rest between sets

    I haven't been lifting very long.

    I was wondering what the best between-set rest time is, I've heard everything from 30 seconds to 5 minutes.

    Thanx in advance.

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    its all up to how your body reacts to exersize
    the rule is 60 to 120 seconds
    I dont pay too much attention I try to keep it as short as possible to keep the length of the workout down

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    I do another set when I'm ready. Usually about 40 seconds. On compound exercises (squats, deadlifts, etc.) it's usually a little longer.

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    well on smaller exercises (db curls, leg extensions, stuff like that) rest usually about 40 seconds. On squats, deads, benching, rows, shrugs, the heavier compound movements, I'll take 2 minutes usually.

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    thanx.

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    definatley an individual thing.. I take whatever i need to take that particular day, I dont time it, I dont look at the clock, I go by what my body tells me..

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    BUMP to see what other people reccomend.

    I read 3 minutes, and that is what I do. I guess it sucks for me If I have been taking wayyyy to long inbetween sets for the last 9 months.

    Doesn't it take 3 min for ATP to replenish though?

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    Well I believe it depends on what you're training for. If you're lookin for strength and lifting very heavy then I recomend 2-4 minutes between sets. But, if you're trying to put on mass (i.e. to stimulate the release of testosterone and GH) then rest periods would be best kept to 60-90 seconds.

    "Success is never behind you, it is always, always in front of you."

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    I do a lot of ab work in between other sets to keep my heart up!

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    i rest up to 1-5 minutes. if squating heavy or deading heavy I can be nearly 5 minutes especially if drop setting a squat. it take a while to recover properly.

    while calf raise I rest like a minute.
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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