This morning, someone emailed me this question:
I’ve Got a question: I’m supposed to do as many rounds as possible of 20 squats and 5 pushups. Do I rest between exercises? Do I rest after doing a set of each? Do I not rest at all? If I do rest how long is a rest for? Sorry for all of the questions but I want to do this right.
Great question. Here is the answer:
Rest as long as you need to between sets, however, keep rest to a minimum. When I do this workout (called AMRAP, as-many-rounds-as-possible in X minutes), I usually do not rest because that would mean accomplishing fewer sets and a lower score.
You may want to benchmark yourself for the first 5 minutes. Eg, suppose you complete 6 sets in the first 5 minutes and the total workout is 10 minutes. Try to do 6 more in the next 5 minutes, which will be challenging because you’ll already be tired.