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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    What's The Preferred Rest Time Between Sets?

    What is your rest time between sets or exercises? 1 or 3 min.

    Is there a rest time between exercises also?
    Some of my workouts end up at 1:30-1:40. From what i read the maximum gym workout must not exceed 1 hour and 30 minutes. My last workout was 1:40, well I did 5 exercises (3 sets) of chest and 4 of back, plus 2 abs exercises plus 1 hyperextensions exer. for the lower back with 4 sets. I know this is overtraining but since I took a week off I though I tried it anyway.

    Another question is that if it's okay to drop DB on the floor when I do decline chest, flyes.

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    I generally keep it around an 1:00 between sets.

    As to dropping the dumbbells on the floor, I think if you have to drop them, its because you can't control the weight. If you can control the weight, there is no need to be careless.. just my opinion though.
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    Originally posted by utah82

    As to dropping the dumbbells on the floor, I think if you have to drop them, its because you can't control the weight. If you can control the weight, there is no need to be careless.. just my opinion though.
    Well, don't drop them when you finish the set, let it fall to the floor while still hanging on to them, so you could control the direction they fall so it doesn't hit you. I do that with DB related exercises.

    As for rest period, it varies by body parts, my chest,back and legs are usually rested for 1:30 min to 2 min. My arms are less than 1:30 mins rest period.
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    I implied from his thread that he just dropped them from the air. If you're holding on to them and drop/placing them on the ground, thats fine, IMO... I do that.

    But I meant that if you have to drop the weight from the air, because you can't get it down properly, you're lifting too much weight.

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    dropping weight is careless

    anyways, my rest time varies on every exercise. usually rest time is however long it takes my training partner to do his set and then get it back to the weight that i want.

    usually longer rest periods on squats and deads, up to 3 minutes or so.
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    Our gym has rubber weights, i can chuck em at the ground and they would just bounce right back up. Well.. not really, but they dont make any noise when you drop them so no one stares.
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    Originally posted by utah82
    I implied from his thread that he just dropped them from the air. If you're holding on to them and drop/placing them on the ground, thats fine, IMO... I do that.

    But I meant that if you have to drop the weight from the air, because you can't get it down properly, you're lifting too much weight.
    sorry, didn't read your post closely.
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    For Isolation movements I usually wait 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. W/ compounds I'll wait anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes. Depends on my exertion.However if you workout in the gym the 3 to 5 minutes would prob. get on the other ppl nerves.

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    i can wait up to 5 minutes
    but aim for about 3
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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    Somewhere between 30 seconds - 5 minutes.
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    Originally posted by ElPietro
    Somewhere between 30 seconds - 5 minutes.
    That sounds funny...but I agree. If I'm doing a routine with lighter weights and high reps I like to keep rest time between 30-60 seconds. Although if I'm using heavy weight with low reps then I'll rest 3-5 minutes. I try to get full recovery but do my next set before I cool off.

    And when I'm using DB's and am done I'll drop them to the floor but hang on to them. You never want to let them go completely. They can cover some ground and hit somebody or even yourself.
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