Rest-Pause Sets - The Muscle PhD

Rest-Pause Sets

Rest-Pause Sets

This study found that using rest-pause sets increased muscle activation more so than traditional sets. Greater muscle activation is correlated with increases in muscle size (Wakahara, et. al. 2012) so rest-pause sets might help increase gains. Try rest-pause sets by performing a typical set of 6-10 reps, rest for about 15-20 seconds, then perform more reps to failure. You can even do multiple pauses in a set for maximum fatigue!

Reference: Marshall, P. W., Robbins, D. A., Wrightson, A. W., & Siegler, J. C. (2012). Acute neuromuscular and fatigue responses to the rest-pause method. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 15(2), 153-158.

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