The Rest Between Sets Question

Hail to the Dinosaurs!

A quick note, and then some training

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On the training front, let's talk about
rest between sets.

For some reason, I've been getting tons
of questions about this lately.

"How long should I rest between sets?"

Here's the answer:

"Long enough to do justice to the next

Now, please note -- that might change
over the course of your workout, and it
might change based on what exercise you
are doing.

You need less rest between warm-up sets.
It can be little more than "load the bar,
focus, chalk your hands and lift."

But when the weight gets heavier, you
might take a longer rest -- perhaps 2
or 3 minutes, maybe a bit longer.

You need more rest if you're doing back
to back work sets.

You need more rest if you're doing squats
or deadlifts.

You need more rest if you're doing OL

But you never want to rest so long that
you cool off.

Try timing your rest periods. See what
happens when you move from two minutes
to three minutes -- or vice versa.

Stay focused during your rest periods.
If you train alone, that shouldn't be
hard. if you train with others, or at
a commercial gym, keep the chit-chat
to a minimum. Training time is for
training, not talking -- and one of
the things you do during a rest period
is gather your force (physical and
mental) for the next set.

In fact, if you really want to make
a difference in your training, make
your rest periods times of intense
mental concentration. Focus on the
next set. Visualize it. See yourself
performing each rep smoothly and
perfectly, with total power and
complete control.

Do THAT and you'll take your training
-- and your strength -- to the next

As always, thanks for reading and have
a great day. If you train today, make
it a good one.

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

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