There’s more to consider than reps, sets, the amount of weight you’re lifting and how many times a week you are in the gym when it comes to making progress – rest periods and the intensity of your training are also important factors to consider.

So what’s an ideal rest period for you?

Everyone’s goals are always different, and everyone should always listen to their own body – but if you’re looking for:

Strength gains – Your optimal rest period range should probably be between 3 to 5 minutes.

Muscle gains – Your optimal rest period range should probably be between 30 to 60 seconds.

Fat-loss – Your optimal rest period range should be minimal. 

My rest periods are always changing depending on the program I am following.

Do you pay attention to your rest periods?

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