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Went to the gym this afternoon, where I rode the recumbent bike and lifted weights. Was given advice by a staffperson which contradicted advice I'd been given by another staffperson in the past. (Just wait between sets, or do a set on another machine between sets? I was initially told to give my body complete down time between sets, so that's what I do, even though it is perhaps less efficient.)

I've noticed that I've been feeling more self-confident lately. Probably a gym effect.

Read The Time Traveler's Wife for a couple hours today and am really enjoying it. It's a love story that isn't embarrassingly insipid--an animal I have rarely met. It's half about love and half about time travel, worked together rather deftly. I'm hoping to finish it tomorrow.

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ocannie
Apr. 7th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
The new advice is correct... you just need a small break between sets (or you can do a set on another machine). Complete downtime is not necessary.
cartman94501
Apr. 7th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'm not a personal trainer, nor do I play one on TV, but I tend to rest for 30 to 60 seconds between sets (10 reps per set, 3 sets per machine, 7 machines on upper-body day and 7 different machines on lower-body day) and maybe take a sip of water. In between machines, I probably get a slightly longer rest by the time I walk to the new machine, arrange my towel, and set the weight and other adjustments. Going all the way back to a resting heart rate between sets seems inefficient and time-consuming, not to mention boring. :-)

Edited at 2008-04-07 04:21 pm (UTC)
kimberly_a
Apr. 7th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
I generally wait 45 seconds between sets.
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