THE WGA WAY & THE 3-5 MINUTE REST RATIONALE
Some of you (smart) coaches have often asked, why do you often say 3-5 minute rest between training blocks? Or why list Rest to Recovery between sets and reps? Science my friends, science. But don’t misunderstand World Gym Athletics. It’s not all about allowing the muscles to recover. Studies have also shown that calculated rest allows our brain to prepare for another bout. This is especially true of more complex lifts like cleans or snatches.
This interesting, internationally-influenced study focuses on 2 and 3 minute rest periods. It primarily deals with the clean and jerk but it has application for all athletes pending their ability level. We’ll continue to use 3-5 minute rest periods and rest to recover to allow for some safe cushion in our programming. Hopefully this study will give you insight to the why of why we prescribe specific rest in our programming.