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How to deal with impatience?

mutantspicymutantspicy Posts: 583Member Member Posts: 583Member Member
Not sure if I'm looking for advice, if you have some please lay it on me. Just want to discuss, my biggest problem in the weight room. When I was young I was football player, and it was no big deal to spend a ton of time in weight room lifting with my team mates, it was competitive and fun.

Over the past few years, I got more into over all total fitness. Was doing circuit training, body weight training, mobility training, plyo, yoga, type stuff. So most of time my workouts were 30 to 40mins, but very little standing around. About 3 months ago, I started getting back into strength training and body building. I love the sense of accomplishment from going up. I love the adrenalin rush, I love whats going on in my mirror. I absolutely hate, I mean cannot stand it at all, just standing around waiting between sets. I hate that my workouts take over an hour, and most of it me standing around waiting for my next lift. I find myself looking at my timer, waiting for that 90sec rest to go by. I don't think there's anything to do about it, because I making some of most significant body changes I've made in years. But damn, I feel like waste so much time.
edited June 29
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  • mutantspicymutantspicy Posts: 583Member Member Posts: 583Member Member
  • mbaker566mbaker566 Posts: 5,525Member Member Posts: 5,525Member Member
    stretch between?
    yoga/piyo w/e
  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 6,314Member Member Posts: 6,314Member Member
    My program has some supersets written in... otherwise if I am bored I start to lose focus. But yea if you are making progress.. just distract yourself. Take some selfies or something haha.
  • jdscrubs32jdscrubs32 Posts: 437Member Member Posts: 437Member Member
    I just people watch which. As my weights have gone up on stronglifts, so has my rest periods between sets and thus so has my people watching.
  • ritzvinritzvin Posts: 2,050Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,050Member, Premium Member
    ...I absolutely hate, I mean cannot stand it at all, just standing around waiting between sets. I hate that my workouts take over an hour, and most of it me standing around waiting for my next lift. I find myself looking at my timer, waiting for that 90sec rest to go by. I don't think there's anything to do about it, because I making some of most significant body changes I've made in years. But damn, I feel like waste so much time.

    ditto. superset in stuff that uses different muscles.
  • ritzvinritzvin Posts: 2,050Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,050Member, Premium Member
    ..although that might require switching some stuff to dumbbells instead of barbell depending on equipment availability.
  • BNY721BNY721 Posts: 124Member Member Posts: 124Member Member
    I superset quite a bit..but when I do compound lifts or isolation on the cable machines..I will switch between some plyo, scanning for the next song to listen to, watch people, or think about what I am eating when I leave. :D
  • CowboySarCowboySar Posts: 311Member Member Posts: 311Member Member
    OP I feel the same way. I don't set a timer I just go when I feel like going again.
  • quiksylver296quiksylver296 Posts: 20,544Member Member Posts: 20,544Member Member
    I had squats this morning. Five sets of seven at 6 RPE, then four sets of one at 8.5 RPE. It took me almost an hour and a half. I have to go back this afternoon for bench, deads, pull-ups and rows. That's just the powerlifting life.
  • lindyyy87lindyyy87 Posts: 29Member Member Posts: 29Member Member
    I jog in place between sets sometimes. I see other people walking laps around the gym between sets.
  • mutantspicymutantspicy Posts: 583Member Member Posts: 583Member Member
    I do some supersets on my accessory lifts when it makes sense. But yeah overall its just something I have to get used to. I'm focusing more on strength gains right now, so I definitely don't want to be expending too much energy between sets especially on the main lifts. When I'm doing more body building and dumbell type stuff, I tend to do shorter rests and more supersets. But I probably won't get around to that until winter time.
  • Jaiho_LancsJaiho_Lancs Posts: 1Member, Premium Member Posts: 1Member, Premium Member
    Try Brian Alsruhe - giant sets. Basically in between sets he trains the antagonist body part

    Bench - to Row
    Dips - Pull up

    That way you get more volume in and do more than just standing around... equally it doesn't harm your recovery time as it not the part you are training if that makes sense.

    The guys channel is a gold mine of strength and conditioning stuff.

  • jseams1234jseams1234 Posts: 750Member Member Posts: 750Member Member
    A giant set isn't a superset but a group of exercises that train one muscle group at a time with 3 or more exercises. Bench to row and dips to pull-ups would be a typical superset.

    ... and I don't know about you but immediately after a set of pull-ups I'm pretty winded. Jumping immediately to bench press would compromise my intensity. I'll superset some of my accessories, like curls and triceps pulldowns but personally, I'd never superset any of my main compounds unless I was doing very light volume work.
  • AnvilHeadAnvilHead Posts: 17,599Member Member Posts: 17,599Member Member
    Supersets and/or myo-reps. Read Børge Fagerli's article about myo-reps here: http://borgefagerli.com/myo-reps-in-english/
  • peaceout_alypeaceout_aly Posts: 2,023Member Member Posts: 2,023Member Member
    Stretch between sets. If you feel up for it, super set. When I'm benching, I usually do shoulder burn outs (t-lift, hammer front lift and "superman lift") between sets. Helps me stay focused and motivated.
  • Keto_VampireKeto_Vampire Posts: 604Member Member Posts: 604Member Member
    Strategically work in super sets...if doing squats, do something not too taxing (ex) seated calf raise); if doing bench press, do an antagonistic muscle (ex) lat pulldown, etc.).

    Personally, I do not even want to look at a cellphone/ipad/etc. while lifting; they steal focus & I have noticed remind myself of all the stresses of work, errands, etc. Maybe bring a notepad/small notebook to record # sets/reps/etc. if you are into that & need something to kill time resting between sets. I personally do not enjoy lifting when I have a cellphone with me (distractions, lack of interacting with others, stress)
    edited June 30
  • pbrydpbryd Posts: 362Member Member Posts: 362Member Member
    I find myself looking at my timer, waiting for that 90sec rest to go by. I don't think there's anything to do about it, because I making some of most significant body changes I've made in years. But damn, I feel like waste so much time.

    If 90 secs feels like too long, then I'd have to question if you are training hard enough, especially on the compound movements.

    Buy hey, if you're making gains, then it's obviously working.

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