Imagine your benching and you’ve just finished your set. You add more weight to the bar and you’ve had 1 minute rest. My question is – have you got your breath back and has some of the lactic acid left your triceps in order for you to do a productive set? If the answer is no then give yourself more time.
|As long as it takes to get my breath back. Training to fast will decrease muscle recovery time. If your trying to increase muscle size your going to have to train hard and heavy. Using a heavier weight you will need extra time to recover between sets. Hope this makes sense. If your using moderate or light weight in order to tone or condition the muscle then yes 1 min between sets may be ok.|
|I wondered the same thing, and used to start the next set when my breath was back, so for the last two weeks I’ve timed my rest time to 1 minute between sets. Thus routine I’m doing 4 sets of 8-12 reps for most of my upper body work outs (backs nd bis/chest and tris/ shoulders and back) basically non legs/dead lifts days. I find most the time 1 minute is plenty and my breath is back after 35-50 seconds for the first 3 sets and if I manage to increase the weight for my last set I need 75-80 seconds rest between sets 3 and 4. I’ve been able to lift heavier and/or complete the 4th set more often.|
|I will be trying post cardio fast up hill walk for 15 minutes after each workout from tomorrow, at the moment I’ve just been doing a mile run before exercising to get the blood flowing, but I’m gonna change this for a few weeks to see what difference it makes.|