1. ## Rest times...

What if any are the advantages of shorter rest times? I usually take pretty long rests in between excercises, but recently i havent been growing all that much, im workin on the diet and im thinking about makin my rests ~30 seconds each. What are your thoughts on the subject???

2. Sounds like a plan. I usually rest about 45 - 60 seconds between sets.

3. depends on the lift and how heavy im going. my bench is my best lift and one i take a couple minutes between sets, theres no way i could push that one to do every 30 seconds.
something more 'minor' like curls or pushdowns ill do every 30-60 seconds.

4. I divide my weight by 13.664, multiply that answer by 2^3, and then draw a random 3 digit number from a hat and subtract that from my previous answer to determine my rest time. And sometimes I just go with what my body tells me.

5. I recommend rest times of 2+ minutes for heavy training, and less for secondary movements.

6. Originally posted by kaleido
I divide my weight by 13.664, multiply that answer by 2^3, and then draw a random 3 digit number from a hat and subtract that from my previous answer to determine my rest time.
I'm giving that a shot tomorrow. Is the result in seconds?

Anyway, my rest time roughly follows Chris' guidelines. But yes...do what your body tells you. If you can't give a set your all, wait longer.

7. im gonna adopt the policy of
2 mins for compound movements (3 for squats maybe )
1.5 for isolation movements

i think that if u wait long enough and only long enough to recover fully then u will see better benifits
(thats a if and only if sorta thing)

8. yah, for squats and deads I end up waiting close to 3 minutes between sets, I'm so dizzy and nautious I couldn't use less time if I wanted to!

then for other movements I usually rest about a minute between sets.

Things like shrugs, I don't rest between, i bang out the set, wait about 15 seconds, basically what it takes to put more weight on, then bang out the next set

9. i just wait til my partner finishes then i jump on

10. ## resting

i generally go on my rythem but more often than not i rest for more than a minute oncompound exercises. (I dont do iso work.

11. For big exercise like squat and deads 3 minutes.
for exercise like bench, rows 2 minutes.
for smaller exercise like biceps about 1 1/2 minutes.

note for smaller exercise like bicep i have trained my back before so tired by this stage, if did bicep striaght away may have shorter rest.

i think longer rest with out getting cold is the best way to go as it allows you to lift heavier/more reps therefore more stimulation if you goal is size and strenght.
if you have other goals like endurance as well size and strenght than shorter rest may be the way to go.
If i have less time I may take shorter rests.

12. I think the people who say they listen to their bodys or go on their own rythm are mistaken, there is no constincancy there and it would be harder to track progress. It kinda reminds me of the people on this board who change their routines every week, it makes no sense to me. I do 60 sec. for size and 2 min. for strength with the exeption of squats wich is usually always 2-3 min. because any faster would make me sick.

13. I go by listening to my own body. How am I supposed to give maximum effort on my next set of deadlifts if I don't feel that I can? If my body is still drained from the last set and I'm sitting down breathing heavily, etc etc etc?

14. Originally posted by Neil
I think the people who say they listen to their bodys or go on their own rythm are mistaken,
No, but I believe rest periods can and should be flexible. A lot depends on your condition during that particular day... guidelines are great, but occasionally 2 minutes won't be enough, (making your next set lousy), while sometimes after 1.5 minutes you may feel more than ready to go...

So yes, as a general rule I look at the clock, but there's no reason not to leave some flexibility there...

15. Syntekz- Sounds to me like more of an endurance issue, although I can relate cause thats what I will sometimes do with squats. I just think that if listening to your body means 5 min between sets then whats the point of doing another set? Do you do this with all your lifts? ie:curls, rows, BP. If it's an endurance thing then it's different but I think listening to your body on every lift you do is a mistake. I suppose I should have specified.

16. Originally posted by syntekz
I usually rest about 45 - 60 seconds between sets.
On exercises like deads and squats; I wait until I'm ready. Don't worry about the clock at all. And no I don't wait nearly 5 minutes. I'd say a maximum of 2 minutes normally, but I don't use a set time for anything.

17. ## rest

I think heavy breathing is a good gauge to determine rest times in between sets. It does not make sense being dogmatic about it what could be too little rest for a set of heavy 20 rep squat could be too much for set of 8 rep barbell curls.

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