Got a question about my email yesterday from Scott:
Hey Jared: Quick question about (don't) "limit your rest between sets..." Everything I've ever read indicates ... the optimal amount of inactivity between sets is approximately one minute. Am I misinformed? Thanks for all the insights that you regularly provide.
Scott here isn't misinformed, but you might be.
See, what I don't want you to do is rush through your workout trying to rest as little as possible. That's just circuit training, or cardio with weights. It's not pointless, but it's definitely the hard way to do things.
Instead you should shoot for about a minute in between sets, adding extra time for especially hard exercises like squats or deadlifts.
You want to be rested and strong for your next set, so you can put out optimal effort. You want to grind that exercise out, recruit more muscle fibers, and really cause some deep muscular trauma to the muscle that's being worked.
When you do that, magic happens.
When you cause that deep trauma to your muscle, your body will use nutrients for repair. The usage of those nutrients - that's just extra calories being burned WHEN YOU'RE NOT EVEN WORKING OUT!
As you gain more muscle, your metabolism speeds up as well - making it easier to lose weight at a faster rate.
That's why muscle building is #1 and should always be your #1 priority.
If you focus on building muscle (and doing it right like I'll show you), the rest of the pieces fall in place relatively easily. That's what I want you to learn - how to do this the easy way.
It's a little bit like investing for retirement.
If you're circuit training or just trying to burn more calories when you're working out - that's like living paycheck to paycheck. You're always going to have to do cardio to stay lean... Like working a job when you're in your 80's.
On the other hand, building muscle like I'm talking about is like maxing out your 401k or IRA every year. Over time the money in that account starts making you more money and working for you. As you build more muscle everything gets easier. Over time your metabolism gets faster, you lose weight more easily, and you look better.
Win-win-win in my book.
That's all for today, I hope you listen (for your own good).
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