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Should I be resting in between sets? Or is that an “old” myth?

Jan 2nd, 2011


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A rest period (usually of 30 seconds to 1 minute) is often suggested for those new on the exercise scene. It is meant to help one recover from a current exercise before moving forward with another one.

In all honesty, I don’t even perform a rest period in between exercise. My “rest” is the few seconds going from one exercise to the next. Resting in between will cause your heart rate to drop which is not good if you are trying to stay within a certain range for fat burning purposes. However, if you are performing circuit training or supersets, that brief 30 second recovery period is exactly what you need in order to maintain good form and prevent injury,

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