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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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    what to do between sets

    got a questions about what to do between sets

    about how many seconds/minutes should you rest between sets? is there a standard, or should you use that time to work out a different muslce group?
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    Shorter rests raise the intensity. Longer than 3-5 minutes doesn't help much.
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    it depends what your goals are. normally between 1-3 minutes. the lower end of that more for endurance/high rep training and the higher end more for a pretty hard workout when you're using a lot of weight with low reps

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    General rule is shorter times between warm up sets, longer times between working sets.

    A previous poster says not to go more than 3 to 5 minutes. I respectfully submit that there are exceptions to every rule. I try to stick to about 2 to 3 minutes between working sets, but sometimes if I'm lifiting really a new heavier weight for the first time or if I just don't feel 100% or whatever I've taken as long as 7 or 8 minutes between sets.

    It's not really about the time you rest, it's about doing what you need to do to finish your workout faithfully without being so out of breath or fatigued that you can't get your reps.

    Either too long or too short a rest can be a problem, but unless I'm trying to work on endurance or cardio I'll usually err on the side of resting too long.

    Good luck.
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    7 or 8 minutes is wayyy too long in between sets no matter how out of it or how tired you are. you might as well go home and take a nap in between sets.

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    explain the logic of this to me pls

    getting home, getting to sleep and then getting to the gym again is the same as than a 7-8 minute gpa between sets??????

    Quote Originally Posted by dblockspky
    7 or 8 minutes is wayyy too long in between sets no matter how out of it or how tired you are. you might as well go home and take a nap in between sets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dblockspky
    7 or 8 minutes is wayyy too long in between sets no matter how out of it or how tired you are. you might as well go home and take a nap in between sets.
    That's easy for a 17 year old to say.

    Come back and tell me that in oh, say about 25 more years.

    Or tell it to Rippetoe who says anything up to about 10 minutes between very heavy sets is okay.



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    Rest for as long as you need to. Don't sweat little things like this. Lift big heavy weights and eat and you will get big.

    All this other stuff is beyond what you need to be worrying about at the moment.
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    For strength type excersizes 2-3 minutes
    For typical bodybuilding reps. 1-2 minutes
    For endurance training anything less then 1 minute
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    You could just sit there, relaxing, staring at the hot ass girls walk by, breathing, and getting psyched up for the next set. But whatever you do, avoid useless social conversations, remember, those guys that are always talking, are the guys that never grow and look the same year after year! The gym is not a social place, it's a place to have harcore work outs and bust your ass!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westsidemonster
    You could just sit there, relaxing, staring at the hot ass girls walk by, breathing, and getting psyched up for the next set. But whatever you do, avoid useless social conversations, remember, those guys that are always talking, are the guys that never grow and look the same year after year! The gym is not a social place, it's a place to have harcore work outs and bust your ass!

    you sound like a fun guy
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    I agree with McVein

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    Thanks bro!..

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    Train with a partner if you can, while you spot him, that can be your rest.
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    My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.

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    yer just rest for as long as you need to, but not so much that you loose your intensity.

    you will probably be ready to go again within 2 minutes for smaller muscle groups such as biceps and forearms, but require a minute or 2 longer when working out your chest or major leg muscles
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    Quote Originally Posted by dblockspky
    7 or 8 minutes is wayyy too long in between sets no matter how out of it or how tired you are. you might as well go home and take a nap in between sets.
    Say that after you're maxing on squats or dl's.

    Generally, the heavier I lift, the more rest I take. If I'm doing 3x10's I'll rest 1-2 mins. If I'm busting 3x1's or even doing a moderately heavy 5x5, I'll rest 2-4 mins.

    However, resting isn't just sitting on the bench or laying on the floor. I try to walk around, sip some water. Keep the blood flowing. That becomes more important the longer you rest. Last thing you need is to have the muscles cool down.
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    Say that after you're maxing on squats or dl's.
    I have to take longer breaks when I do deadlifts, otherwise I'll pass out, lol.
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