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Raring to build muscle? Rest more between sets!

ifters fall into two camps: Those who believe short rests between sets are best for pumping up muscles, and those who say longer rests boost both muscle recovery and performance. Now a study in may have settled the fight. In it, 16 untrained men did leg presses and extensions with one. To reap the benefits, researchers suggest rests of at least 2 to 3 minutes. (It’s OK to work another body part while you wait.) But, they warn, if you’re a longtime lifter, your body may have adapted to the stress of resistance training, so you may not get the full effect.

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