What is Active Rest | It Can Help You Exercise Efficiently

Traditional weightlifting holds that you should do the number of reps required of the set, whether that is five or twenty, and then take a break, the length of which is dependent on the number of reps just performed.  The break is to allow your muscles to relax and recover a bit before stressing them again.  But here’s an idea: next time you are lifting weights, don’t take a break between sets.  Instead, work a different muscle group.That is where the term “active rest” comes from.  It is not, however, rest in a traditional sense.  By doing another exercise in between sets – like crunches between sets of bench press –   you are technically giving your chest a break, but you are keeping your body moving and heart rate up by doing an additional exercise.  The benefit of exercising in such a way is that you will get more bang for your buck, so to speak.  The workout can be just as effective as a longer, more drawn out session, but can be completed in a shorter time.  Additionally, the intensity of the workout it kicked up a bit, and the lack of true rest makes the workout just a bit harder.Lifting weights, or doing any form of resistance exercise with active rest is a great way to make workouts difficult and intense while still managing to do them in a relatively short amount of time, something that can make all the difference to someone with a hectic schedule.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241