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What Do You Do When You Are Resting Between Sets?

May 6th, 2010 · 13 Comments ·


So, what do you do while you are resting? Normally, these activities are what I do:

  • Stretch my muscle. While stretching is usually regarded as only a pre-workout activity, experts found out that stretching during the workout itself is a great way to accelerate the blood flow and trigger an increase in muscle strength. But, taking precautions not to overextend your muscles.
  • Adjust (increase or reduce) the weight.
  • Also, go drink some water. Maintaining fluids during your workout is great for keeping your system replenished and your strength intact. Dehydration is one of the worst nemeses that your body can encounter during the sweat session. Also, that walk to the water cooler helps keep your body warm, rather than to remain stationary in a seated position, where your body can quickly become comfortable and thus inactive.
  • (Picking up girls or guys)  Ahem…


How about you, what do you do in between the sets?



Category: Weight Training

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13 responses so far ↓
  • justin // May 6, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    do another set for another muscle group with weight a bit lighter than usual.

  • Devil's Advocate // May 6, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    I’ve seen a guy read the newspaper between sets. It really annoyed me. It’s not a damn library!!

  • Toufik // May 6, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    I count the seconds to my next set :)

  • Harnesh // May 7, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    I will increase/reduce the weight and check on the time on my watch the for my next set during the rest period.. And that’s between 60-90secs.

  • Fumby // May 7, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    stare out the windows

  • Khalid // May 7, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    It is vital to keep moving between sets, even if it is stretching to keep your muscles warm and able. Sitting down or reading a paper isn’t a good idea as you’ll probably end up freezing up.

  • CD // May 8, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    How often should i increase my weight after completing like 3 sets…..or do iincrease weight with less reps after each set?

  • Morgan // May 10, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    Try interval training! This way you don’t have to wait around between sets and you only need a couple of minutes rest between intervals.

  • CD // May 10, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    ummm..whats interval training?

  • xavier // May 11, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    i walk back and forth a bit just to keep myself warm while catching my breath. sometimes i will sit down and rest a bit. most of the time i’ll be adjusting the weight. i guess everyone pretty much have different way of resting between set. i think what you should highlight is what NOT to do while in between set. i can think of one really annoying example, chatting.

    i really hate it when i see people chatting non-stop in between set, not only their muscles are all cold down because they tend to chat too long. they are also wasting others’ time by hogging the machine or the weights they are using. the same goes for phone calls too. IF you want to chat with your loved one, do so before or after the workout NOT during one.

  • Erick // May 17, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    I usually have loud music on so I just, sing to the music, jump up and down, and dance to the music; of course I work out in my house and not in a public gym so I can do whatever I want, I like to work out with hip hop, reggaeton and Epic music, thats right Epic; you know such as gothic power

    Weird I know, but It gives me a lot of energy.

  • Fitsitebe // May 18, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Adjusting the weights and drinking some water now and then… but also: checking my heartbeat and trying to breath right! You should try that. It can be quite vital you know…

  • Steve // May 28, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Try interval training! This way you don’t have to wait around between sets and you only need a couple of minutes rest between intervals.

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