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Supersets for Super Results

Steve May 1, 2013

If you are looking to get some serious gains and you are tired of your old workout routine, spice things up with a superset workout.

Superset workouts are great for increasing the intensity of your workouts, preventing boredom, and giving you a great muscle pump.  There are several ways that you can superset but before we rock it, let’s talk about what a superset actually is.  A superset is when you do a minimum of two consecutive exercises in a row without resting in between sets.

What makes it different from a regular set?

During a regular set, you’ll rest.  Depending on how heavy you are lifting, your rest period could be anywhere from 20 seconds to two minutes.  A superset doesn’t give you that rest.  You’ll do one exercise and then immediately do the next.  This will definitely show your endurance level and will give a bit of a cardio workout in during a superset workout, which is great!  You can kill two birds with one stone and you don’t waste any time.

With that said, if you don’t have hours to spend in the gym but you still want to get a great workout, start supersetting your exercises.  If you are just starting out with this kind of routine, you may find that it’s hard to keep up but take your rests in between each superset so you can recover.  

Tip: Remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water!


Superset workouts can be done in many ways. Here are a few:

Pre-Exhaustion Supersets – This allows you to fully exhaust a muscle group by performing an isolation exercise followed by a compound exercise.

Post-Exhaustion Supersets – This method will really work every single muscle fiber by performing a compound exercise followed by an isolation exercise.

Compound Supersets – Performing two compound exercises in a row.  This method is great for increasing muscular strength.

Isolation Supersets – Performing two isolation exercises in a row. This method makes you really work one particular muscle group until complete exhaustion.

Staggered Supersets – Performing either an isolation followed by a compound, compound followed by isolation, compound followed by compound, or isolation followed by isolation on two completely different muscle groups. 

When creating a superset routine, pick a few different types of supersetting workouts to keep things interesting and to keep your muscles guessing.

Stay tuned for supersetting examples sure to satisfy your taste for gains…

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