You may already be familiar with the term Supersets, and you may already be doing them. But if not, in this post we’ll explain how you could be missing out!

Supersets are used by two separate groups of people for very different reasons. Bodybuilders will use them to increase the time under tension when focusing on hypertrophy gains, and recreational lifters will use them to cut down their time in the gym.

Athletes use supersets to develop strength and power for their sport. This can be great for performance.

What is a superset? A superset is where you perform exercises back to back with no time in between. This means you can perform two exercises in the time it would take to do one which is ideal for those of us who are not professional bodybuilders and have a job and other commitments outside of the gym.

There are two ways to perform Supersets, with opposing muscle groups, this is where you could move between push-pull exercises. A classic example of this would be going from a bicep curl to a tricep pushdown.

When to use Supersets

It’s always a good idea to mix up your routine to shock your body and improve results. Supersets are a tool that will help you achieve that.

It’s best to use Supersets on smaller muscle groups, for example going from a deadlift to a pullup would not be recommended. However, going from lat pulldowns to a weighted pull-up would work well.

Heavy lifting should always be done with enough time for recovery between sets to avoid injury, so use Supersets on less taxing exercises.

Should you use Supersets in your routine?

It depends on what your goals are, if you are looking for an overall body workout then Supersets certainly have their place, they can cut down workout times and improve overall results.

However, if you are focused on low-rep power and building size then they are probably not ideal for you. This is the reason it’s a good idea to have your SMART goals outlined before choosing any exercises.

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