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Longer Interset Rest Periods Enhance Muscle Hypertrophy & Strength

December 27, 2016

Longer rest periods between sets promote muscle strength and hypertrophy compared to shorter rest periods πŸ’ͺ
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General recommendations for hypertrophy suggest shorter 30s - 1 min rest periods. However the current study by Schoenfeld and colleagues (2016) does not support these recommendations, but shows benefit of longer (3 minute) rest periods between sets ⏱
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The beneficial effects of longer rest periods is likely due to increased total volume achieved per session. Volume has repeatedly been shown to be the primary factor involved in muscle hypertrophy, and although the differences in the current study didn't achieve statistical significance, it is highly likely this was the cause of the present results πŸ“ˆ
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Great applied work from Schoenfeld and colleagues. You can check out the abstract here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/26605807/ πŸ‘ˆ

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