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Shorter Rest Between Sets = Bigger Muscles

10 June 2012 No Comment

Many argue that you should take longer breaks between sets while working out, since it will allow your muscles to recover and be stronger for the next set.  That’s an excellent approach if you’re main goal is to build pure strength.  However, if more muscular development is what you’re after, shorter rest between sets is the way to go.

The column the Gym Bag recently informed that “a recent study of trained male lifters had one group train for eight weeks using a 2-minute rest period between sets.  A second group started Week 1 using a 2-minute rest period but reduced rest by 15 seconds each successive week until the lifters were down to 30 seconds of rest between sets in Week 8.  Researchers found that the guys dropping their rest time increased their arm size by 21% and their leg size by 28%, while the group that continued to rest 2 minutes between sets increased arm size by only 14% and leg size by 19%.

Decreasing rest periods may help you build more muscle mass.  Just like the linear periodization technique of gradually increasing weight each week has been shown to boost muscle size, gradually decreasing rest periods can have a similar positive effect on muscle growth.”

Combine that with some Creatine Powder: Strength & Muscle Men’s Formula and you’re practically guaranteeing bigger muscles.

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