Fuck 5 minute breaks

Been lifting for a while and found that 1-2 minutes of rest was good. That is unless you’re a powerlifter.

Recently saw an actual study though on how 5 minutes can lead to way more gains so I tried it out for a few months.

>Made my workouts incredibly boring.
>5 minutes is so fucking long to sit around just waiting doing nothing
>felt sluggish
>mood decreased during the workout

Recently switched back to 1-2 minutes and feel way better. More motivated, not so bored, improved mood, ect. I don’t care if I’m sacrificing some gains for this, 5 minute rests just aren’t worth it.

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    5 minutes can be good IF you
    >are strong
    >going to failure or right before on heavy compounds
    >am out of shape
    >etc
    if you aren't any of those use less time.
    I unironically go by feel.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >I unironically go by feel.
      Same. Just go when I feel well rested. Can be 50 seconds or 2 minutes.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    In a perfect world you'd do a set, rest for a couple minutes, then do another exercise superset style, before resting a couple more minutes & returning to the original exercise. But you need a quiet gym for that

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Breaks? You mean it takes you up to two minutes to change the weight between sets?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      are you fully blwon retarded or what

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I do 3 min breaks on my main lift of the day, then 1-2 min breaks on all my accessories.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >there's actually people here that do a set, finish the set, then wait and watch the clock for 2 minutes before going into a new set.

    Autism. Absolute autism.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      My exercise log has an automated timer that goes on when I put in a set. It beeps at me over my headphones after two minutes.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    5 minutes isn’t necessarily ideal, it’s just that you get negligible recovery returns from testing beyond 5 mins

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Superset agonist/antagonist
    So you can rest 2 minutes in between exercises but about 5 between the same exercise

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    5+ minute breaks are great I just pace around and listen to the frantic dialogue in my head. 😀

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Longer rests are better because you can push closer to your "real" failure on each set. The tradeoff is taking more time. Nothing in life is free.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    5 minutes is plenty of time to read a few pages of a book. Shorter rests don't allow much time to read and actually absorb the material, so 5 minute rests may actually be the true way of the fitlit chad

  11. 1 month ago
    Giddy

    Lift heavier, i find that on my heavt deadlifts, 3 minutes is the minimum but i try to wait no longer than 3.5min

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Been lifting for a while and found that 1-2 minutes of rest was good.
    Do you ever actually go to failure though?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Every set. I lift heavy too.

      Lift heavier, i find that on my heavt deadlifts, 3 minutes is the minimum but i try to wait no longer than 3.5min

      Yeah, I guess deadlifts are the only exercise that feel like I need a 5 minute break. Sometimes squats too.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If 2 min doesn’t cut it, you need to do some conditioning.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Of you're doing max effort style grinding shit out, yes 5min is necessary. But if you're just doing hypertrophy, speed work, or ballistic exercises like jumps, throws and oly lifts, just catch your breath and jump back in. Shouldn't need more than 90sec

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    In a perfect world, breakfast would be served until 12:30pm, sodas would cost fifty cents, and open bolt Tec-9s would still be available and work like gangbusters.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    5 minute breaks increase the number of reps you can do. This means that if you use 5 minute breaks, your workout takes twice as long and gives you like 10% more growth.

    Is that a worthwhile trade off when you could just spend 1 minute doing a drop set at the end of your workout instead? No one knows.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I used to do 2 minutes on 5-6 rep max lifts, squats, bench, ohp, and other compounds. I found I wasn't progressing in weight at all, so I switched to 3 minutes rest and I can finally increase weight steadily in all my major lifts.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >>5 minutes is so fucking long to sit around just waiting doing nothing
    So do something else? Read a book or something, no one says you need to sit there staring at a wall for your rest

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Wait, you are supposed to take breaks between sets? I just switch the muscle groups I'm working.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I do a 10 min walk between sets

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    reading therads like this makes me realize that you newbies have absolutely no idea what "heavy" or "to failure" actually means

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    JUST REST HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES FOR YOU TO NOT ALLOW THE FATIGUE OF ONE SET TO AFFECT HOW MANY REPS YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR NEXT SET. IS IT THAT TOO FUCKING DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND YOU FUCKING RETARD?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >t. retard who doesn’t know how to lift

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Only retard is you, post body or shut the fuck up

        Resting for up to 5 minutes is good because it allows you to recover to push harder on the next set. I'd rather pump out 12 reps than 9

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If you actually find your rests you’re autistic. Real bros go by feel

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >do my bench
    >watch more YouTube on my tv
    >meh I guess I’ll do a set of bench after maybe 8 mins
    Yea bro I work out 2-3 hours every day.

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