Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lowering Rest Time Between Sets

Many of us struggle with plateus. For those of you that don't know what that is, it's when your body adapts to your routine and you stop seeing results. There are many ways to get around this, one being lowering rest time in between sets. When you lower rest time in between sets your workout becomes more of an aerobic workout. It increases your muscular endurance and forces more blood to your muscles causing a temporary increase in muscle size. This is often referred to as your "pump". Typical rest times are between 60-90 seconds or longer depending on how heavy of weight you are lifting. By decreasing your rest times to 30 seconds for a week you'll notice that when you return to your normal rest times that you can do more reps and have more endurance, thus overcoming the plateau. At first this technique can be challenging but the pump you experience is great. I personally use this technique one to two weeks a month.

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