5 reps, 10 reps, 15 reps, and rest! Not so fast, you have about 1 minute to get a few things done before starting your next set, so what will it be? Jumping jacks? That doesn’t sound like much fun but believe it or not, what you do in between sets can really affect the efficiency of your workout.

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Get The Most Out of Your Workout by Trying the Tips Between Gym Sets

Go For a round of BCAA’s

BCAA’s, or Branch Chained Amino Acids, are excellent for muscle gain and even recovery. The best time to take them is right in the middle of your workout. That’s because during any strenuous cardio or weight training session, BCAA’s deplete at a rapid rate in the body and it’s best to put them back asap.

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Work a Different Muscle!

This is a great way to make the most of your time. You just finished 12 reps of standing barbell curls, and it’s rest time for the biceps, but nobody ever said you couldn’t work another muscle in the meantime so go for a round of tricep kickbacks and save some time during arm day. You can also alternate upper and lower body moves during these rest periods. For instance, you could do a shoulder exercise followed by a leg exercise while letting the shoulder rest, and so on.

Stretch It Out


Stretching is a great way to spend your recovery time for many reasons. Stretching helps you gain flexibility and will most definitely increase your range of motion which enhances all your major lifts and allows you to perform at full potential. Try stretching out the agonist muscles if you are working their antagonist muscles. For instance, if you’ve just finished doing a set of squats to work the quads, hold a good hamstring stretch for about a minute, or until your next set.