Obstacle Training

Active Rest Between Exercises

Posted on: May 17th, 2012 by Andy No Comments

Make your workouts more productive and keep your heart rate up with active rest. Active rest can mean a couple different things, in this case it involves exercising a different muscle group in between sets, time where you would normally be resting.

For example, you’re doing pull-ups, so any muscle group other than back and biceps would be fair game. You could work your abs, calves, chest, etc., with minimal effect on the quality of your pull-ups.

Here’s a list of exercises I like to throw in between sets that work great for active rest:

  • Shrugs
  • Calf raises
  • One leg balance on the bosu – you can make it more complicated by combining this one with most of the rest of this list.
  • 45lb. Plate: front raise (shoulder) or bicep curl
  • “Man grip” – Hold a heavy plate from the top with each hand for as long as you can.
  • Wood chops
  • Mountain climbers
  • Jumping jacks
  • Lunges
  • Isometric Squat
  • Roman chair leg raises
  • Pushups
  • Jump rope
  • Medicine ball slams
  • Situps
  • Lower back raises
  • Bicep curls
  • Rotator cuff bent arm raises
  • Piston squats
  • Etc.

Active rest helps you make the most of your time at the gym. Never skip a  muscle group again!

As with all workout advice on this website, talk with your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to push yourself through an intense workout before you begin.

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