I'm trying to find the source now, but in December I read an article about a recent study: women need to rest significantly shorter periods of time between weightlifting sets than men do, potentially due to improved recovery of our bodies.
Personally, when I'm lifting heavy, I do a "circuit" of deadlifts, pushups, squats, chin-ups, and at the end of the circuit I rest less than 1 minute. By switching up the exercises (quickly... no waiting between) I am "resting" the muscles I was using between sets, saving time, and not risking losing ground because I'm waiting too long between circuits. If you're lifting heavy (man) the guide is 60-90 seconds between sets of one exercise. As a woman, the article I read (and granted, cannot find) suggested 45-60 seconds between sets.
- 1/6/2014 9:48:28 AM