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Advanced German Volume Training Question


I have a question regarding both the Advanced German Volume Training and original GVT article.

In both articles it recommends the following:

[T]here is minimal rest between sets (about 90 seconds when performed in sequence and 90-120 seconds when performed as a superset).

When I read the original article I thought this was a typo.

Why would CP prescribe a longer rest period when alternating between antagonist sets than when doing them in a straight set? Rest time is an important training variable and it could ultimately change the load you use when performing the exercise.

Can someone explain to me the reasoning behind this?

Its been on my mind for about ten years! j/k


Simple answer: when doing supersets, you don't rest at all between exercise A1 and exercise A2, then you rest 90-120 seconds before doing the next superset.