Rest Times in Between Sets
The most common practice you see in the gym is people is resting ten seconds and beginning another set of an exercise. I do not know where this mindset of less rest means more growth came from. The hardcore mindset will do nothing but prevent you from optimally growing. Training smart is far more effective then training "hardcore". When choosing how much you should rest in between sets it takes experimentation. You must find the amount of time where you feel ready for the next set yet have not lost your pump. Here is how you can find your optimal rest time.
Week 1- Rest about 30 seconds after every set.
Week 2- 1 Minute
Week 3- 1 Minute and 30 seconds
Week 4- 2 Minutes
Week 5- 2 Minutes and 30 seconds.
Make sure to log how you feel after every workout. It will be far too difficult to remember how you felt after each of your sets once the five weeks has past so logging it is critical. After the experiment is done take a look at which time provided the best amount of rest and still kept the pump. The one that met those standards would be your best rest time. Knowing your optimal rest time is crucial for all future workout purposes. You will be resting after every workout and any type of routine that you do. Getting the right amount of rest will make you lift more and last longer. This extra amount of work will in essence lead to more muscle growth. It all works in harmony.