How Long Should I Rest Between Sets?

Appropriate rest between sets must be taken to get the the most out of your workout: too much time means not enough work is being done to stimulate growth; and too little time will fatigue your muscles. So where do you find the sweet spot–this actually depends on what you want to achieve.

Burn Fat

Keep your repetitions at 12+ with 30 second breaks. Shorter rest time allows your heart to maintain a high BPM (beats per minute), allowing your metabolism to work in overdrive to shed that fat!

Build Muscle

Allow the repetitions to be between 8-10 reps with a heavy weight with 1 to 2 minutes. This allows you to eloquently balance between exhausting your muscles and resting long enough to recover for more sets. .

Increase Strength

To increase strength, you should be challenging your muscles all the time–push to go all out every lift with for 3-5 repetitions with 2 to 5 minutes. To get the most out of your workout,working to increase strength means pushing almost at your maximum weight. The heavier the weight, the more energy is required for muscle fiber recruitment and this needs more time to recover.

Please remember to consult a health professional before attempting these types of exercises. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your Sheddon Physiotherapist at (905) 849-4576 

By Dana Clark