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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?

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  1. #1
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    Rest between Reps and Exersizes?

    Hey there,

    How long should I rest between wieght ligting reps?
    Also how long should I rest between differen't weighting exersizes?

    Does it matter? Do I have to keep going while my muscles are still fatigued or wait till they have rested for a few minutes?

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    A very very rough guideline.
    Don't rest between reps. Rest 3mins between sets on isolation movements and 5mins between compound movements
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    For me rest seems most crucial when I am doing any barbell press and least crucial when I am doing legs. Like adam said, I like to get about 5 minutes in when I am pressing

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    I don't believe too many forumites use that much rest while training for size, except for squats.

    I probably rest the most between sets out of anyone at my gym, and I rest for at the most 90 seconds before my last set.

    Fatigue is your friend.

    My 2nd largest friend uses around 30 seconds between sets.

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    Thanks guys.

    So for example I am doing 2 x 6-8 reps (this is from one of the routines on wannabebig.com), after I do the first set, should I put the bar back onto the holder and rest my arms for like 15 seconds then do the second set?

    Or when you say dont rest, does that include that 15 seconds?

    Also one other thing, are reps supposed to be done as fast as I can or do I just do them at normal speed (slow)?

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    I personally dont rest at all between Reps, fast execution and slow (bout 3 secs) back to starting position for the next lift of whatever exersize.

    As far as Set's go i generally do 2 min rest for most upper body/isolation lifts between sets, and 3 - 5mins for any Heavy compound lifts eg:Squat's, DL. I also use 3 mins rest betwen different exersizes per muscle group.

    Ex:
    Warmup:
    Set 1 (rest 2mins) Chest
    Set 2 (rest 2 mins)
    Set 3 (rest 2 mins)
    Working:
    Set 1 (rest 2 mins) Bench
    Set 2
    (3min rest)
    Set 1 (rest 2 mins) Incline
    Set 2
    (3min rest)
    Set 1 (rest 2 mins) Dips
    Set 2

    (No rest, different muscle group)

    Warmup:
    Set 1 (rest 2mins) Abs
    Set 2 (rest 2 mins)
    Set 3 (rest 2 mins)
    Working:
    Set 1 (rest 2 mins) Weighted crunch
    Set 2
    (3min rest)
    Set 1 (rest 2 mins) Leg raises
    Set 2
    (rest 3 mins)

    (Cooldown)

    I dont mean to come accross as condescending, but i thought outlining it may make things a bit easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tech
    after I do the first set, should I put the bar back onto the holder and rest my arms for like 15 seconds then do the second set?

    Or when you say dont rest, does that include that 15 seconds?
    He meant dont rest between reps not sets. Also i think if your only having 15 sec rest between sets....that aint anywer near long enough to have let your muscles recover, as shown above i use 2-3 mins others use upto 5 mins...
    Last edited by Rik-s; 01-08-2005 at 02:08 AM.

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    For bodybuilding it's recommended you don't rest between reps and somewhere between 1-3 minutes between sets. Why???? You want the lactic acid to flush out of your muscle, but you don't want to loose the pump. After 3 minutes, whether you realize it or not your heart rate, bodily functions etc are all back to normal. Constant hitting the muscle with little rests between sets causes it to adapt to be able to hold more blood and deal with lactice acid better = larger muscles and viens.

    For powerlifting rest are usually 5-10 minutes so your body is fully recovered and you are giving your maximum effort once again. The adaptation here is much different.

    Example of both would be say Arnold (bobybuilder with short rests) vs. say someone like Hugo Gerard (powerlifter and strengh competitions) or olympic weightlifters) Very different muscles but all moving a lot of weight

    Personally I use a strick 1 minute rest between each set, and now find working out with longer rests a wast of time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam MacKinnon
    A very very rough guideline.
    Don't rest between reps. Rest 3mins between sets on isolation movements and 5mins between compound movements
    That seems like more of a rest range for high weight or very low volume routines. I will allow up to 5 minutes when maxing, tops. Otherwise I will wait 1-2 minutes when working with rep ranges of 8-12. But again, it's only a rough guideline.

    I do agree with Adam's statement of not resting between reps. Your reps should be a controlled movement with little to no pausing throughout. That would be ideal. Of course I do a slight pause when squatting heavy. But deads, bench and all other exercises are a constant movement.
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    Guessing you meant resting between sets, agreeing with Tim; 1-2 min. should be plenty, but it should be rest time; not wandering about, jawboning etc. Either zone in on thinking about the next set or let your mind go blank, just calm/save your energy to be ready for the next set. Max reps etc. yeah, err on more time like 5 min.

    There is some a techinque where a lifter does grind out 6-8 reps of a light/medium weight, pauses or 'rests' maybe 5 seconds or more at the top of the lift & then grinds out 6-8 or so more reps. Again, not something done on too regular a basis & more for the long time advanced lifter.

    Rests; again it's something you learn over time what's the most productive for your body.

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    Thanks guys,

    Appreciate your input

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    Just another thing, lets say I have to do 2x8 reps on the bench press.

    What do I do if I get half way and I can't do anymore?

    Do I make the weight lighter before I train next time?
    Do I move onto another set?
    Do I just rest (how long?) then continue doing the next half?

    Thanks

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    if you can only get half your planned reps you should lower the weight and start the set over from scratch after a break of 1-3 minutes. Personally I wait until my arms aren't as tired but not completely "revived" which means my rest period can depend on what exercise, weight and number of reps I just did.
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    I rest about 1.5 mins during most excercises. About 3 minutes between squat and deadlift sets. I like getting in and out of the gym in less than one hour.
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