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better to rest and get more reps or less rest and less reps

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2011/04/07 00:35:43 (permalink)
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better to rest and get more reps or less rest and less reps

was performing pull ups today 3 sets wide followed by 3 sets close grip. on my first 2 sets wide grip i got 10 reps from each set the third i got about 8 then close grip went 7 reps,5 reps 5 reps. i know its inevitable that u start to fatigue as you get the onset of lactic acid however my question is this is it better to take more increased rest between sets so u can fufill the pretty much the same amount of reps each set or just continue rest at the same pace and just rep till faliure even if it is only like 5 reps. thus less rest and only get 5 reps or more rest and get 9/10 reps?
 
and finaly if choose to do one or the other either same amount of rest or more rest is it building muscle differently e.g more rest = strength/bulking and, same amount of rest between sets = ripped/vascularity
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    Bollard
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    Re:better to rest and get more reps or less rest and more reps 2011/04/07 11:48:13 (permalink)
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    I think things like this are really overthinking the issue, and it all depends on your aims.
     
    If you are just cranking out pull ups as part of an overall back routine (a great exercise) then just mix it up a bit.
     
    If your aims are power and you're wanting to go with weighted pull ups / chins, then you need to be looking at the rep range to suit that (5x5, 3x8) with enough rest to get to your required rep/set range.
     
    If you're wanting to improve your endurance with bodyweight only then go for big reps, then rest till you have recovered and go again, repeating till failure or near failure.
     
    ... and everything inbetween.
     
    With regards building muscle, I'd go with the mix it up advice. Some sessions do weighted pull ups early and go for 3 x 8, whereas some sessions go for bodyweight and crank out the reps, or alternate it month on month, and use rows, pull downs, deads, pullovers etc in rotation with them.
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    Re:better to rest and get more reps or less rest and more reps 2011/04/07 12:54:29 (permalink)
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    thanks intresting answer ive kind of acidentaly posted this on 2 forums but anyway good advice. however u have said about reps ranges and rest for strength and for endurance but what about for more muscle definition and vascularity can u specifacly weight train for that do u think or is it just down to building muscle then cardio to reduce bf%?
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    Re:better to rest and get more reps or less rest and more reps 2011/04/07 12:59:39 (permalink)
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    For muscle definition and overall vascularity you need to drop your bodyfat %age.

    Therefore, cardio and restricted calories!
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    Re:better to rest and get more reps or less rest and more reps 2011/04/07 16:47:11 (permalink)
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    less rest between sets could be employed if reducing BF (ie definition) was the aim, as it will keep HR higher and if the workout is tailored for that maybe as a circuit it can produce fat burning.
     
    wether any fat is lost of not would depend on diet.
     
    for general training, just rest untill you feel 'ready' to go again.  which will vary depending on what your lifting, the exercise etc.
     
     
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