How Long Should You Be Resting Between Sets

You may not be aware that the time taken to rest between each set has significant effects on the results you achieve through training. Here is advice on the length of time you should be resting between your sets in association to these three goals:

1. If you are in search of a way to achieve the benefits in regards to increased circuit type or metabolic training. Or you are looking for a way to increase muscle endurance. You should be resting between 20 to 60 seconds between your sets. If an exercise you perform is demanding on your body, aim to rest near the 60-second range. For less demanding exercises rest for at least 20 seconds. In general, the rest ranges are linked to forms of cardio exercises for people who are looking to burn fat and lose weight.

2. If you are looking for a way to maximize muscle power and increase strength, you should be resting 2 to 4 minutes between your sets. Again when it comes to more demanding forms of exercises aim towards closer to 4 minutes and for less demanding types of exercises aim towards closer to the 2-minute range. In general, these rest ranges should be used for people in search of a way to build strength and muscle along with explosive power.

3. If you are looking for a way to get “Toned” along with building a small amount of muscle with a goal to improve the appearance of your body, resting between 1 to 3 minutes between your sets is recommended. For exercises that are more intense aim towards resting near to the 2 to 3-minute range. For exercises that are less demanding aim towards the 1 to 2-minute range. In general, these rest ranges should be used for the people looking to build muscle, tone as well as lose weight.

The second 2 goals have similar rest ranges. However, resting for only 1 minute opposed to 2 can translate into a significant difference.

The Right Time To Rest Between Your Exercises

You should be resting the same amount of time you rested in regards to the time used between sets. This means when you rest 2 minutes between each set of the 1st exercise, you need to rest 2 minutes before moving onto the next set of the next exercise.

When it comes to the rest times that you take between exercises, you may find that you might need additional time to recover from your previous set of exercises.