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It does make comparing your lifting sessions useless. If you time your rest periods then you can be assured that one week you were doing better than another and see whether or not you were making progress. aka doing 1000 chinups over a full a day can't be compared to doing 4 sets of 10.
Are there disadvantages to longer rests between sets? Sure. I cool down if I wait longer than five or so minutes between heavy squat sets, and that can be a problem if my mobility is iffy and I really need to be warm to get good form. It's also annoying to have the two-hour-plus workouts that result from 10-minute rests between sets of, say, heavy ...
It really depends on what you are after. If you are running the Starting Strength program or some other beginner program, they take the stance of take as much rest as you need--even 10 minutes between sets! The goal for those programs is to increase the weight on the bar as quickly as you can. Trade offs for Rest Times Longer rests provide more recovery ...
Yes, there are disadvantages in that you won't be stressing your muscles enough to get all the growth that is possible out of each session. Muscle growth is a combination of two different types of hypertrophy, sarcoplasmic and myofibril. Sarcoplasmic hypertrophy produces more size, but less strength (This is what is stimulated by the 8-12 rep range), while ...
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