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An interval "cycle" = rest time + effort time e.g 20 seconds / 40 seconds = 1 cycle
Interval timers ask you to input two values, one for rest and one for effort. I like to think of the two aspects being important for training an exercise. Each exercise needs the doing of it and the recovering from doing it parts.
I like the workout to end with the beep beep beep beep at the completion of the last exercise. But that only happens if there are no more intervals left on the timer. So I start with a rest period, which also give me set-up time.
So basically, there's no other reason except my OCD 😛
If you’re not quite at your full unassisted chin/pull-ups, here are some good alternatives to try:
– Jump and Lower –> This one is good when you want to increase the pace and get your heart rate up. Assist your pull-up with a jump from the ground. No need to go slow on the way down as this can fatigue you too much.
– Bottom Up Partial –> This can be a good way to work on that first part of the pull. From a hang, use a little momentum to pull a 1/4, 1/3, or even 1/2 way up. However, these are very tough, so take a good rest between sets and reps.
– Top Down Partial –> Great for working to your sticking point and gradually increasing your range of movement. Bascially, you start at the top and lower to a point were you can still pull back to the top again. Usually, lowering 1/4, 1/3, or 1/2 way down. But beware, these are advanced and require a lot of effort.
There are other progressions you can use, but these are good to get started experimenting.
Remember: there’s no right way, just what feels best for you on the day, so it’s nice to have options 🙂