Although this may sound insane, hitting the gym is a lot more like visiting a comedy club than you might think. You need a good warm-up in both settings, there are plenty of fools to make fun of, and everyone you see is downing a drink of some type. But an even more important connection exists as well: “Like good comedy, when it comes to working out, timing is everything.

In other words, the amount of time you rest between sets can have a major impact on how the exercise you’re doing affects your body.” Rest too long and your workouts lose intensity; rest too little and you burn out too quickly. Luckily, I know how to tailor your rest periods to any fitness goal.