Many people often ask me how many minutes they should rest between sets. This is a good question and I think there is lot of confusion when people are doing their workouts. I don’t blame them because even I was confused when I started working out.
Initially when I started I used to rest for 1 minute between the sets. This was something that I read in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s encyclopaedia of modern bodybuilding. I followed this advice and I got some incredible pumps in the gym. The one that will make your arms explode
Then later I read some bodybuilding magazines and I read lot of conflicting information. Some said you should rest for 2 minutes and some said we should rest for 3 minutes.
I was confused what to do because of all this conflicting information.
So what is the right time to rest between the sets?
If you have been reading my blog for some time, you will realize that I am an Arnold Schwarzenegger fan and I like to follow his advice. So i would suggest resting for 1 minute for small body parts and for compound exercises like bench presses, dead lifts and squats, I would recommend you to rest for 2 minutes. This is something you should do when you are working to build muscle.
Your goal when building muscle is to lift heavier weights and you can accomplish that when you are resting more between sets.
When you are working on losing weight, then you can rest less between the sets. At this time, your goal is to lose as much fat as possible. This will be attained when you are not resting a lot in your sets.
So these are simple two things you have to keep in your mind when you are doing your workouts.
You can also try something different from time to time. This is resting between 2 to 3 minutes. This is when your goal is to lift more weights and you are thinking of doing some heavy power training workouts. Sometimes you should go for 1 repetition maximum and challenge yourself and see who much weight you can lift in three basic exercises. Of course, you have to do this when you are thinking of gaining muscle.
I hope this information is helpful to you and you can always ask a question by commenting on this blog.