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Chronic Effects of Different Between-Set Rest Durations on Muscle Strength in Nonresistance Trained Young Men

PauloGentil, Martim Bottaro, Elke Oliveira, Joao Veloso, Nelida Amorim, Aline Saiuri and Dale R. Wagner

Purpose: To investigate the effects of different between-set rest interval durations on muscle strength after 12 weeks of resistance training.

Conclusions:No significant differences between a 1:3 and 1:6 work-to-rest ratio when the bench press and leg press were tested.

IN PLAIN ENGLISH: Maximal strength gains in nontrained men are not dependent on between-set rest interval length. Therefore, shorter rest periods between sets can be used to increase strength, and at the same time make workouts more time-efficient.

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