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Old 01-15-2007, 02:44 AM   #1
Jerry Mobbs
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I've been doing a 5*5 session (as per Mr Rippetoe) in every 4 day cycle.

I am keeping the rest periods to 3 mins max and doing 5 sets across with the same weight.

What should you do during the rest period?

After squats, deads and power cleans I tend to spend 10/15 secs sitting down and then walk around for the remaining time.

Should I be doing static stretches, sitting down, dynamic stretches?

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Old 01-15-2007, 05:46 AM   #2
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I know very little, but until someone else comes along I'll tell you what I do. I walk around too. I've heard that it's not a good idea to stretch the muscle you're working in betweeen sets. It might seem like a good idea, but apparently it may sap some of your strength for the next set.
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Old 01-15-2007, 07:53 AM   #3
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Sean is exactly correct. NO STATIC STRETCHING. Walk around, psych up for the next go. Some people will sit with a towel over their head...helps to focus and block out fellow gym rats, also when you take the towel off, the cool air hits and wakes you up.
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Old 01-15-2007, 10:06 AM   #4
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Lying down enables you to restitute faster. Lift and shake your legs and arms, so the blood floats back into the body.

And as Larry says: NO stretching ... until you're complete done.
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Old 01-15-2007, 11:09 AM   #5
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Rest! It does the body good!
Let the muscle tissues rebuild themselves.
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Old 01-15-2007, 11:57 AM   #6
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ooh, that towel sounds like a good idea.

mice and rats don't always get along, after all...
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Old 01-15-2007, 02:38 PM   #7
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sometimes i skip rope. otherwise i walk around and shake the limbs..
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Old 01-15-2007, 05:22 PM   #8
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you said "as per Coach Rip"

is that a specific program?
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Old 01-16-2007, 05:48 AM   #9
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The whole point of rest is to recover to have maximum effort in your next set....anything else would take away from it.

Some rest 1 min...others more...depends on the person.
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Old 01-16-2007, 10:26 AM   #10
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Anthony,

Its the 5*5 sets across program thats recommended in Starting Strength. Squat, Press, Dead on 1 day, then Squat, Bench Power Clean on the other. I am putting 1 of these workouts in each 4 days cycle. I like the consistancy and its working well for me.

Mike,

I found that 3 mins for the big lifts like squats is adequate for me. By fixing the time at 3 mins, it means that the only thing thats changing is the weight lifted and its easier to track progress. It also stops me yakking at the water dispenser to the aerobics bunny!

So far there seems to be a strong aversion to stretching. Why is that?

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