It is not uncommon to see discussions going on in the weight room Between two sets, people take the opportunity to discuss, or even worse, take pictures of themselves to make sure everyone on Instagram sees that they’re at the gym.
But this is actually a serious mistake! In reality, rest periods have a real impact on your progress. If they are too long, all your efforts will not be totally wasted of course, but a lot will still be lost, making your workout that much less effective.
Whether you want to work on your strength, endurance or muscles, rest times between sets must be accurate.
Our recommendations for rest periods
Endurance: 30 seconds break between 2 or 3 sets of 12-15 repetitions at 65% of your maximum load. Hypertrophy: 90 seconds of pause between 3 or 6 sets of 6-12 repetitions at 85% of your maximum load. Strength: Between a 2 and 5 minutes break between 3 or 5 sets of 3-5 repetitions at 85% of your maximum load.
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