Muscle Building Workout

Tip #75: Monitor Rest Between Sets To Improve Your Workout Results

Written by Steve

When’s the last time you monitored how long you were taking between sets? If you’re like most people, probably never.

One of the best ways to increase your focus, workout engagement and results is by monitoring rest between sets. By keeping tight rest periods you will not only keep your workouts moving along, but also get out of the gym more quickly.

Here are some general guidelines you should follow:

  • Big Compound Movements – For extremely challenging compound movements, like heavy squats and deadlifts, you may need to rest up to 5 minutes between sets. The key here is to wait until you feel “ready again” before starting your next heavy set.
  • Compound Movements – Rest about 2-3 minutes in between sets.
  • Machine Movements, Compound – Rest about 90 to 120 seconds between sets.
  • Machine Movements, Isolation – Rest about 60 seconds between sets.
  • Isolation Movements –┬áRest about 60 seconds between sets.
  • Bodyweight Movements – Rest about 60 to 90 seconds between sets.

Have you been taking too long in between sets? Tell us if this article has helped your gym performance and results.

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