The answer to this question largely depends on your anaerobic fitness goal (i.e., weight training goal). There are essentially four goals when it comes to weight training:
Whichever goal you choose will determine how much rest or recovery you should take between exercise sets. Each of these goals is unique with regard to the following parameters involved:
Let's take a closer look at the recommended parameters for each fitness training goal:
Rest periods may vary from 30 seconds to 5 minutes depending on your fitness goal regardless of your weight training experience level. Generally, the lighter the weight lifted, the less the rest period and the heavier the weight lifted, the more the rest period.
During resistance training the muscles fill up with blood as the body delivers nutrients and removes waste products. Active rest, in which the muscles continue to contract and relax while under low resistance, will allow this process to be more efficient and therefore enhance recovery. Thus, it's better to continue moving (i.e., standing and shifting your bodyweight from one foot to the other) between sets rather than just to sit still and allow blood pooling to occur.
Brian Danley, CFT
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