Gym Rest Timer

One of the things that has thrown a spanner in the works of my body-weight based fat loss program is weight training.

I have been doing lots of it. And added a good bit of strength, and therefore muscle, and therefore fat free weight.

So if I weigh the same, but can lift more weight, have I lost any fat? Yes as it turns out.

One key element to weight training is controlling rest breaks between sets.  If I am pushing hard I might need to take 2 or 3 minutes, but on a lighter day I can recover enough in 60 seconds.

I have been using this Gym Rest Timer app (for Android devices only), every session.

Prior to that I was just kind of guessing or using my (unwieldy) phone clock. I failed quite a few sets because I probably didn’t have enough rest. And a few times my weights session seemed to last hours – probably due to much too long rest breaks.

Anyway my new app is super simple to use, at the end of a set I decide how hard it was, easy: 60 or 90 secs rest, hard: 2 mins, killer: 3 mins, didnt finish: 5 mins. Click the button, chill and wait for the beep.

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Check it out.

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still here

just…

Still fatter than I would like, still heavier than I want.

But I am stronger and fitter (aerobically) than ever so that’s good. Still all covered with a (too thick) layer of lard…

I have been doing quite a bit of weight training – I really enjoy it, and find it easy to stick to the program. I have not managed to combine it with any significant reduction in calories though, so little fat loss. Good strength improvements though, and cardio gains.

Current weight 88kg, fat 28%.

But I can squat 90kg, bench 80 and press 70.

I am now trying a ‘cut’ for a couple of weeks, we’ll see how that goes. I can exercise for England but dieting is most def not my forte.