killing the dead time

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    Feb 18, 2007 10:45 PM GMT
    Most of these workout routines say to "rest" for some period of time (e.g. 60 - 90 sec.) between sets. What do you guys do during this "rest" time? Stare at the wall? Flip through a magazine? Indulge in sexual fantasies? I wrote this dummb post.
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    Feb 19, 2007 4:28 AM GMT
    I NORMALLY PIG OUT ON SOME CHOCOLATE DEBBIE SNACKS
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    Feb 19, 2007 4:36 AM GMT
    what? 60 to 90 seconds is dead time? :-) I consider whirled peas, or, even just take a few deep breaths and then...the time is no longer dead...

    Just kidding. Really, that time flashes by too quickly. I don't have time to even consider it down time that needs to be filled....

    John
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    Feb 19, 2007 5:03 AM GMT
    If you REALLY want to use that 60-90 seconds, consider working out two opposite muscle groups, such as biceps, triceps; chest, back; quads, hams... After you finish a set of the first, do a set of the opposite. You'll find the time (and the Advil) flies by.
    btw: new idea for a remake of an old western: Fistful of Advil.
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    Feb 19, 2007 5:08 AM GMT
    read
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    Feb 19, 2007 5:31 AM GMT
    Have sex.

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    Feb 19, 2007 2:19 PM GMT
    Time is a terrible thing to kill--so keep it alive, not dead. Do abs, stretch, do supersets, deep breathing. But I find that supersetting heavy lifts with abs, especially, is a very efficient way to use that rest time.
  • Laurence

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    Feb 20, 2007 5:41 PM GMT
    I seem to spend dead-time between exercises clearing up the weights other ignorant people seem to leave scattered around the weights room.

    I get so irritated by this bad-mannered attitude. Surely if you can take the weights off the rack, you can put them back.

    Fumes!
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    Mar 03, 2007 4:26 PM GMT
    I always work 2 muscle groups alternating sets -- e.g. 1st set of biceps, then 1st set of triceps, then 2nd set of biceps, etc.

    Lag time between sets is much less and there is not as much time wasted at the gym.
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    Mar 07, 2007 8:14 PM GMT
    I update my workout tracker and rifle through my ipod.
  • canuckdave

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    Mar 07, 2007 11:51 PM GMT
    At my age I need those 90 seconds to get my heart beat back to normal..phew..or perhaps you're just not working very hard..grin
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    Mar 11, 2007 12:37 AM GMT
    I drag books around the gym for the 1.5 minutes between sets. I've also carried, um, flashcards to memorize words in other languages. You could write thank-you notes.
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    Mar 16, 2007 8:24 AM GMT
    That's easy . . I watch the boys around me working out!
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    Sep 19, 2007 7:49 AM GMT
    i love the flash card idea
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    Sep 19, 2007 1:12 PM GMT
    I eat 6 raw eggs (whole of course), drink 5 protein shakes, top up my creatine levels and check my blood to make sure my T levels aint dropped
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    Sep 19, 2007 1:13 PM GMT
    aw bless cronker does it only take you 90 seconds, crosses him off my Xmas card list!
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    Sep 19, 2007 2:51 PM GMT
    I do abs between sets...I find them extremely boring by themselves.
  • DiverScience

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    Sep 19, 2007 3:08 PM GMT
    Stretch or ground/visualizations.
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    Sep 19, 2007 3:33 PM GMT
    Thank you, Laurence, for putting away the weights. I takes half of my workout just searching for a matching pair of dumbbells.

    Like others on here have said, I enjoy doing super sets so I don't have a lot of rest in between sets.

    I like the idea of writing thank you cards. I have so many I need to write (thanks for the laugh on that one!).

    I've also brought a book or magazine with me and read in between sets.
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    Sep 19, 2007 3:37 PM GMT
    Jumping jacks.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Sep 19, 2007 6:36 PM GMT
    Lissenup struck a chord with me. It drives me up the wall when guys do not rerack weights. As for how I kill time....let's just say that mirrors come in handy for not getting noticed that you are noticing. :-)