How much rest (time) between sets

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  1. Tennis4203

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    I was wondering usually how much time
    you can have before doing the next set of pushups etc.
    NOT IN TENNIS
     
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  2. J011yroger

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    I wait 60 secs. But I am a sissy so take it for what its worth.

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  3. ChuDat

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    i usually take a 5-8 min break and when my opponent tells me to hurry up I just tell them to shut up.
    jk I just say ok hold up.
     
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    Talking about excercise not tennis there Chu.

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  5. ChuDat

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    oh I misread the title and the post. It should say
    "How much rest (time) between sets
    (not talking about a tennis match)"
     
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  6. Tennis4203

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    sorry about that :p
     
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    30 secs. sitting sucks. its boring and i hate it.
     
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    I think I've read the health experts on the forum advocating at least 2-3 minutes between each set. I'll try and find a thread, something about the ATP your cells produce fools your body into thinking you're ready for the next set when you really aren't.
     
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    It depends what you're doing however I'd say even more than that. If you're doing warmup sets that you can do easily (= not to exhaustion so to speak) then a minute is usually fine. If you're doing full working sets where you push yourself (especially ones that work multiple muscle groups such as squats, dips, pullups etc) I'd say about 5 minutes between those. Yes sitting is boring, but it's less boring than sitting on a chair somewhere watching your friends play tennis while you are nursing a torn muscle.
     
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    If I waited 5 minutes between sets I would be in the gym 4 hours a day.

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    Do the following workout in under 30 minutes and you will be fit. It's continuous. NO REST unless you MUST REST.

    "a) Pullups - 25 reps
    b) Deadlifts with 135lbs - 50 reps
    c) Pushups - 50 reps
    d) 24-inch Box jumps - 50 reps
    e) Floor wipers - 50 reps
    f) 1-arm Clean & Press with 36lbs Kettlebell - 50 reps
    g) Pullups - 25 reps"

    That's the "300" workout. It's a killer. I've done it once and it took me, at age 64, 47 minutes.

    -Robert
     
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    ive heard walking lightly instead of sitting in between sets is actually a lot better for you than sitting. something about the lactic acid buildup when theres a period of exertion followed immediately by a period of no exertion at all is supposed to make your workout less effective. anyone ever hear of this?
     
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    i guess a lot depends on how many yur doing, if i do sets of 5 pushups then i usualy only wait 2-3 minutes, but 10 or more then up to 5.
     
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    Sometimes when I want to get a certain number of pushups done over the course of a day, I don't worry about the time in between as long as I get in my total. I've actually gotten very good results from sticking to a schedule of 75 or 100 pushups (whatever is manageable) every single day when I do a small set here and there through the day. When I'm working out with the weights or doing pushups with more intensity, I prefer only moderate weights and longer sets.

    After my first set where I'm a little fatigued, I try to rest only 5-10 seconds and get right back on with my next set. I feel like I make very good gains if I push further when I'm already tired, so the rest between sets is only a little reset to catch my breath. The moderate weights don't bang me up as much as heavier ones can and the longer sets give me a combo of strength and endurance that I want overall.
     
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    Depends. If I'm not motivated to be there, then up to 5 min b/tw sets. Normally it's 1-2 minutes b/tw sets.
     
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    Does this mean that you will be fit if you can do it in under 30 minutes? Sounds like a killer workout :p Going to have to find myself one of these in the next few months to get fit...
     
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    I could do it in 30 mins if it was multiple choice!

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    holy crap i can't even do 2 pullups yet....
     
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    For the average individual, 2-3 minutes is a good rest time for a standard workout.

    It's kind of like the "drink 2L of water a day" advice: good solid advice for most. If someone had all day to work out (a pro athlete), then yes, i'd give different advice. But for most of us, 2-3 minutes is ample and appropriate.
     
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    2-3 mins, I would be in the gym all day :eek:

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    JR not sure if you're joking around here or not, but realistically, and assuming that you're repeating the same exercise and that you're working somewhat maximally*, usually 2 minutes is at least necessary to rebuild some amount of ATP and allow for some amount of recovery.

    Assumptions:

    a. That you're working somewhat maximally: Most healthy individuals should be working to failure, whatever rep-range they're working at. Assuming failure, then recovery to some degree is necessary.

    b. That you're repeating the same exercise: You may well be alternating sets between working agonists and antagonists (eg. bench-press & row, shoulder-press & lat-pulldown).

    c. Of course, (b) assumes that you're not doing specific body-part days, and with your goals JR I'd almost assume you are indeed doing bodypart days.

    Where does all of the above leave us?

    Wondering just how much volume you're doing!

    If 2.5 mins recovery - and let's say 45 seconds working = 3:15 per set = 10minutes per 3-set exercise, a 9 exercise session (which is a large session) would have you in & out in 90mins.

    So - how much work you doin', JR? ;)
     
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  22. Tennis4203

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    man i was waaaay off i did like 1 min rests
    in between
     
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    Today's Workout. Some are longer some are shorter.

    Cardio: Upright Stationary Bike Comments History Results
    10 minutes at: Exertion: 3 | Resistance: 5.0 - 9.0 | RPM: 92 - 102 | Heart Rate: 100 - 138
    Completed: 10 minutes | Heart Rate: Avg. 135 | Calories 104.0
    Resistance 9.0 | RPM: Avg. 100.0

    Intervals: Upright Stationary Bike(Out of Seat) Comments History Results
    10 Intervals at: Exertion: 8 | Resistance: 15.0 - 19.0 | RPM: 55 - 70 | Heart Rate: 150 - 170
    60 seconds work, 60 seconds rest
    Interval 1: Resistance 18.0, Duration 60, End HR 165
    Interval 2: Resistance 18.0, Duration 60, End HR 169
    Interval 3: Resistance 18.0, Duration 60, End HR 176
    Interval 4: Resistance 18.0, Duration 60, End HR 175
    Interval 5: Resistance 18.0, Duration 60, End HR 176
    Interval 6: Resistance 18.0, Duration 60, End HR 177
    Interval 7: Resistance 18.0, Duration 60, End HR 174
    Interval 8: Resistance 18.0, Duration 60, End HR 176
    Interval 9: Resistance 18.0, Duration 60, End HR 175
    Interval 10: Resistance 18.0, Duration 60, End HR 175
    Justin: What? Me sweat? No way!

    Swiss Ball - Med Ball Russian Twist Comments History Results
    Set 1: 8.8 lbs 30 reps completed 8.8 lbs 30 reps , 30% intensity
    Set 2: 8.8 lbs 30 reps completed 8.8 lbs 30 reps , 30% intensity
    Set 3: 8.8 lbs 30 reps completed 8.8 lbs 30 reps , 30% intensity
    Paul Pisani: Make sure to have great range of motion on this one and use your core to do this...we will go up in weight after a few more times of this. Do it slowly so you can have good control and core flexion
    Justin: Day's never finished, master got me workin, some day master set me free.

    Swiss Ball Crunch Comments History Results
    Set 1: 8.8 lbs 25 reps completed 8.8 lbs 25 reps , 30% intensity
    Set 2: 8.8 lbs 25 reps completed 8.8 lbs 25 reps , 30% intensity
    Set 3: 8.8 lbs 25 reps completed 8.8 lbs 25 reps , 30% intensity
    Paul Pisani: Hold the med ball to the top of your chest...hug it like you would a National Title Gold Ball!!!
    Justin: Way easier than winning a gold ball.

    Swiss Ball - DB Chest Press Comments History Results
    Set 1: 25.0 lbs 15 reps completed 25.0 lbs 15 reps , 50% intensity
    Set 2: 25.0 lbs 14 reps completed 25.0 lbs 14 reps , 50% intensity
    Set 3: 25.0 lbs 12 reps completed 25.0 lbs 12 reps , 50% intensity

    Swiss Ball - DB Shoulder Press Comments History Results
    Set 1: 15.0 lbs 14 reps completed 15.0 lbs 14 reps , 70% intensity
    Set 2: 20.0 lbs 12 reps completed 20.0 lbs 12 reps , 90% intensity
    Set 3: 20.0 lbs 10 reps completed 20.0 lbs 10 reps , 90% intensity
    Justin: Doesn't matter if they shake as long as they go up.

    Single Leg Lift and Chop Comments History Results
    Set 1: 10.0 lbs 15 reps completed 10.0 lbs 15 reps , 80% intensity
    Set 2: 10.0 lbs 13 reps completed 10.0 lbs 13 reps , 90% intensity
    Set 3: 10.0 lbs 11 reps completed 10.0 lbs 11 reps , 80% intensity

    Side Crunch Comments History Results
    Set 1: 0.0 lbs 25 reps completed 0.0 lbs 25 reps , 40% intensity
    Set 2: 0.0 lbs 25 reps completed 0.0 lbs 25 reps , 40% intensity
    Paul Pisani: That's 25 per side, per set. Use your hand to feel your obliques at work here to ensure that you are working them properly...
    Justin: No biggie.

    Hip Abduction - Side to Side Comments Results
    Set 1: Green band 20 reps completed Green band and 20 reps
    Set 2: Green band 20 reps completed Green band and 20 reps
    Paul Pisani: If you don't have this band...get one! They are great for strengthening the hips...www.performbetter.com has pretty much all training equipment
    Justin: I have one. It sat next to my jumprope untill recently. Know anyone who wants to buy a jumprope in mint condition? Has not made a single revolution.

    Swiss Ball - 1 Arm Cable Pec Fly Comments History Results
    Set 1: 15.0 lbs 12 reps completed 15.0 lbs 15 reps , 70% intensity
    Set 2: 15.0 lbs 12 reps completed 15.0 lbs 12 reps , 70% intensity
    Set 3: 15.0 lbs 12 reps completed 15.0 lbs 12 reps , 70% intensity
    Paul Pisani: Really use your core for this one buddy...squeeze that stomach!
    Justin: Did 15 the first set because I forgot how many I was supposed to do. Challanging because it was awkward, not really because of the weight.

    Swiss Ball - Alternate Arm and Leg Lift Comments History Results
    Set 1: 5.0 lbs 16 reps completed 5.0 lbs 16 reps , 60% intensity
    Set 2: 5.0 lbs 16 reps completed 5.0 lbs 16 reps , 60% intensity
    Justin: I had to do these veeery slowly.

    Hop - Lateral Split Leg Hurdle Straddle Comments Results
    8 Repetitions: Target Time: 15 | Rest Duration: 30
    Repetition 1: End HR 141, Time 15
    Repetition 2: End HR 143, Time 15
    Repetition 3: End HR 153, Time 15
    Repetition 4: End HR 144, Time 15
    Repetition 5: End HR 151, Time 15
    Repetition 6: End HR 150, Time 15
    Repetition 7: End HR 160, Time 15
    Repetition 8: End HR 168, Time 15
    Justin: At least 15 secs each, some were more like 20+ especially the last. Better to err on the side of doing more when it isn't exactly easy to look at your watch.

    Downward Dog Comments Results
    Set 1: 25 sec 3 reps completed 25 sec and 3 reps
    Justin: Shamelessly putting my ass on display for the legions of housewives on the treadmills and elipticals.

    Bird Dog Comments Results
    Set 1: 20 sec 3 reps completed 20 sec and 3 reps
    Justin: I wobbled, but I didn't fall down.

    Half Moon Comments Results
    Set 1: 25 sec 3 reps completed 25 sec and 3 reps
    Justin: You are a funny guy, good to have a trainer with a sense of humor.
    Justin: P.s. Gave it all I had, got my foot about 16 inches off the ground, and my opposite hand about a foot away from the ground. I penciled in the reps not because I sucessfully completed this, but because I didn't fall on my face within the 25 secs.

    Upward Bow Comments Results Targets Met
    Set 1: 15 sec 3 reps
    Justin: Only way I am getting into that position is if you attach a crane to my belt buckle. For what it is worth I did lay on my back and push mightily against the ground.

    J
     
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  24. J011yroger

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    Obviously some of the sets are per side so that is more time.

    If you would want to see other days workouts I could e-mail them to you.

    P.S. I do 60 secs rest.

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    Which makes sense given the average intensity of around 60-70%, and the fact that it's a very swiss-ball oriented workout, which will use more core focus and more consistency, as opposed to a classic bench-based size & strength workout, which is maximal in nature.

    If each set was at 100%, you wouldn't (well, shouldn't) literally be capable of backing up similar rep-numbers set-on-set.

    Any reason for the 30minutes on the bike - are you carrying some injuries / is that a cross-training day?
     
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    I don't ask questions I just put up the numbers.

    Usually I spend 20-30 mins on a bike/treadmill/eliptical never the same thing twice in a row, and not on days before a tournament match.

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    Question (before I ramble more and perhaps intrude where I'm not wanted): Do you want me to keep being nosy and asking stuff here, and then explaining and or suggesting some stuff here... or are you perfectly happy with what you're doing and want to leave it at that?

    Either way is cool...
     
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    ^^^ You can ask whatever you want I am more than happy to discuss whatever. But I just started with this guy two weeks ago, and am quite happy, and not intending to change as he has worked very successfully with bunches of players.

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    Nah, don't worry, I won't waste either of our time....
     
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  30. timmeh

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    Rest time depends on the goal of your workout.

    For pure strength training, some people rest 5m or more.

    For hypertrophy (muscle growth), less rest time is better, 1 to 2 minutes rest is sufficient.
     
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