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Old 04-29-2013, 12:21 PM   #8
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Try doing a set of 10x10 on squats with 50% of your max, using 90 seconds between rests. See if you feel that is rest-pause.

Point being...tossing our generalities for every exercise doesn't work, be it rest periods or rep ranges. Each exercise is unique. I can recover from a set of intense calf raises or tricep extensions in 20-30 seconds and start another one without it feeling much like rest-pause. On the other hand, doing a 10x10 on squats and resting 90 seconds, you will start to see Jesus after set 3 because you can't recover.

The point of rest-pause training is to tax a muscle again before it has fully recovered, relative to how much it can recover at any given point in time during a workout. Into this mix you must add the unique demands of exercises, as well as the risk/reward that comes from pushing shorter rest periods on inherently troublesome exercises.

Rules, workouts and eating plans are only starting points. If they are not customized to a lifter, an exercise, etc, then it's foolish. I know of no top level bodybuilders or powerlifters who would stick to rules rather than adapt them to individual body needs and exercise demands.
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