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How Much Time Should You Rest Between Sets?


How much rest between sets do you give yourself? Do you even time your rest? These questions are so much more important than most people realize. Go to any gym in America and you’ll see too many people wasting time between sets. Resting too long between sets is one of the main reasons people don’t accomplish their fitness goals. Guys will boast and say “I was in the gym for two hours....!” Really?  It doesn’t take anyone two hours to get a good workout in. I find it hard to believe that anybody who is not a professional athlete even wants to work out that long.

How Much to Rest Between Sets

Personally, I’ve got too much to do to spend that much time working out. My average workout takes 30-45 mins a day. My 30 minute workout is more effective than someone else’s two hour workout because I rest only 30 seconds between each set. Taking shorter rests between sets is not only more time efficient, but it also works out your muscles much harder. You will see results very quickly if you commit to resting for only 30 to 60 seconds between each set. If you ever see someone who is not timing their rests in between sets, accept it as clear & irrefutable evidence that they don’t have any idea what the hell they are doing. Timing your rest is wildly important. ALWAYS have a watch, stop watch, or cell phone to time your sets. One of the best things about working out from home is that you can control the environment and eliminate all distractions. I like to wake up at 5:00 a.m. and work out right away. At that time my girl is still asleep, nobody is calling, texting, or emailing me, and I get the workout out of the way, so I don’t have to think about it for the rest of the day. https://www.youtube.com/embed/m5rXL2-n0K0

Eliminating Distractions

If you’re not able to work out first thing in the morning, and you have to work out at night, you can still do a few things to eliminate distractions:
  • Put your cell phone on airplane mode so you are not distracted by texts, calls, emails, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Turn off the TV and computer
  • Don’t answer your home phone... (you still have a home phone? Is this 1996?)
  • Listen to your ipod with headphones so you can’t be distracted by other noises

Here is a pic of me doing an ab workout. People left a bunch of comments about how I should "stop texting during my workout" but that's not what I was doing... I WAS TIMING MY REST BETWEEN SETS! You should be doing the same.


What Else?

Just as you need to time your sets, you also need to time your meals in order to squeeze in six or seven meals a day. Find out how you can customize your meal plan to lose fat and gain muscle without starving yourself. To put your body in an optimal fat-burning and muscle building state, check out my program The Simple Shredded Solution"