Trainer Q&A: How Much Should I Rest Between Sets
Our expert explains how much rest you need in between your sets to maximize your workouts.
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To determine how long you need to rest during your workout, follow the guidelines below:
Goal: Muscular Endurance
Rest time: 30-45 seconds
Goal: Muscular Hypertrophy
Rest time: 60-90 seconds
Goal: Muscular Strength
Rest time: 2-4 minutes
Goal: Muscular Power
Rest time: 3-5 minutes
Don't think that this time is only meant for complete rest. Make use of these extra minutes by foam rolling tight muscles, working opposing muscle groups, or refining and focusing your technique for the next set.
About the Trainer: Jeremey DuVall
Jeremey DuVall is a personal trainer based in Denver, CO. He received a Master’s degree in Human Performance from the University of Florida while specializing in strength training for endurance athletes. For more on Jeremey, check him out at JeremeyDuVall.com or on Twitter, @JeremeyD.