Ask Trainer Jake: Rest Time Between Sets
Q: If I’m looking to lose weight, how much rest should I take in between sets?
I hear this question not only among those trying to lose weight, but also from bodybuilders and powerlifters. If we think about the key goal here, we are trying to lose weight and the best way to lose weight is to either increase the intensity of our exercises or increase the time spent on the exercise. We want to elevate our heart rate and sweat. You know when your body is working hard and you may feel that you are burning more calories. Something to consider would be circuit training.
Circuit training is having a list of exercises and going through those exercises without taking a break. For example, we could start with pushups, then go straight to seated rows, then on to squats, and then finishing up with a plank variation. These four exercises each work a different muscle group so your body is working extra hard. A full body workout will burn more calories than an upper or lower body workout. Repetition range should be between 10-15 or around 30 seconds. Go through this circuit 3-4 times and see how you feel.
Again, what we are trying to do is wear your body out. Little to no rest time and adding full body exercises will help you attain this. Get your heart rate up and keep it there and you will be sure that you are burning those calories.