# Would You Count a Rest-Pause Set as 1 or 3 Sets?

If you performed a rest pause set of 10, 5, and 3 reps, all to failiure, would you count that as 1 or 3 sets?

Why does it matter?

Either is fine.

Do you have a program that is asking for 3 RP sets?

That is one set. At least that is how I do it. But as sm questioned above, it is pretty taxing to do more than one set of these anyway.

If Iâ€™m counting/tracking number of sets to failure (like my planned workout is 8 sets for back) I would count the rest/pause as 2 sets.

In my head the 5 + 3 go together for 8 total reps.

I donâ€™t think itâ€™s necessarily â€śbetterâ€ť to keep track this way, it just makes more sense to my brain. Weird, â€śleft overâ€ť sets of 3 donâ€™t make sense when Iâ€™m trying to count working sets.

The answer could be 1, 3, either or neither depending on context.

Rest-pause is an intensity technique used to extend a set, so itâ€™s blurring the line but itâ€™s still, technically, â€śone setâ€ť. Just like a widowmaker set of 20-rep squats is one set, not 11 sets.

On one hand, itâ€™s (arguably) just semantics. On the other hand, it ties back to basic program design where total volume, intensity, and frequency need to be accounted for when setting up a routine.

But, like three or four people have asked so far, whereâ€™d the question come from?

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Thatâ€™s not an option!

Odd numbers are unlucky.

2 is the key number, think about it. 2 chipmunks twirling on a branch, eating lots of sunflowers on my uncleâ€™s ranch. You know that old childrenâ€™s tale from the sea.

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7 chipmunks!

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