Does resting time between the sets matters?

Suraj Ray
Suraj Ray

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Exercise Science
Resting time between sets is person specific. It can vary for individuals, the objective of rest period is to help you recover both physically and mentally for your next set of workout.

You can take 2min or even 5min or more if you feel it's essential for your recovery. Your gains won't be impacted. The major contributor for your gains is the total volume of your workout. So, if you feel you need more time then go ahead. In general compound lifts like Squats and Deadlifts are more fatiguing, it's good to take more rest for them and less rest for isolation workouts like bicep or tricep curls. Reference: 1. Belmiro Freitas de Salles 1, Roberto Simão, Fabrício Miranda, Jefferson da Silva Novaes, Adriana Lemos, Jeffrey M Willardson. Rest interval between sets in strength training. Sports Med. 2009;39(9):765-77. doi: 10.2165/11315230-000000000-00000. 2. Brad J Schoenfeld 1, Zachary K Pope, Franklin M Benik, Garrett M Hester, John Sellers, Josh L Nooner, Jessica A Schnaiter, Katherine E Bond-Williams, Adrian S Carter, Corbin L Ross, Brandon L Just, Menno Henselmans, James W Krieger. Longer Interset Rest Periods Enhance Muscle Strength and Hypertrophy in Resistance-Trained Men. J Strength Cond Res. 2016 Jul;30(7):1805-12. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001272.
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