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Old 10-21-2009, 10:42 AM
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Seems to me all the rest you could get in between sets of a big lift should be saved for just that... rest!

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Old 10-21-2009, 01:00 PM
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Lots of awesome advice in this thread.

My 2 cents:

Do not fall into that dogmatic way of thinking that 3-5 minutes rest is all you need.

I rest for ATLEAST 7-10 minutes in between Deadlift sets - sometimes even 12-15 minutes.
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:27 PM
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Although I see what you're getting at with the extended rest periods... I have tried it a couple times and I find that i cool down, loose my focus and its too hard to get back into it. 7 mins is probably the most I do.

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It also depends for what exercise though...

On Deadlifts when I am doing reps with like 90%+ of my max, I need that much rest.

Otherwise...if I am doing say pull-ups or so..I keep it to 3-5 minutes. Unless I am maxing out on squats in which case I'll keep it at 5 and see how I feel and depending on that I'll rest more or less.
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:29 AM
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Fair enough. So basically what you're saying is don't think you need to stick to a specific rest period. Take what feels good for you and gives you optimum results. Don't be scared to play around with it a little.

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Old 10-22-2009, 07:37 AM
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^^^ Exactly
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