When you’re working out one muscle group pretty hard, you need to rest that area in between sets. However, instead of just standing there, do a light exercise that focuses on a different area.
Common and easy choices you won’t have to think about are:
- Leg lifts
- Pelvic pulses (for your butt)
Some other moves you might want to consider:
- Rear deltoid raises (bend over with your arms out slightly bent and lift arms up to squeeze your shoulder blades together – good for posture)
- Bicep curls
- Tricep dips
- Inner thigh (abductor machine)
- Light shoulder raises
- Sitting against the wall with your quads parallel to the floor for 60 seconds.
- Superman (laying on your tummy and lifting your arms and legs to work your back) for 1 minute.
For any of the above, use light weights so you will have energy to go back to your main exercise.
If you really want to take your lifting workout to the next level, do cardio between sets:
- Running up a set up stairs
- Tapping around the top of a bosu ball for 30 seconds
- Jumping rope
- High knees (running in place bringing your knees up as high as you can)
- Jumping jacks
- Static boxing with light weights or bands