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What Is a Superset?

If You Wanna Sweat and You're Short on Time, Supersets Are Your Best Friend

We don't always have a lot of time to spend at the gym every day, especially on the hectic weekdays when we're trying to squeeze in a sweat session between work hours and dinner plans. That's where supersets come in. You may have vaguely heard of a superset before, but never really known what it was: a superset is when you do two exercises in a row without resting.

It may not sound like a big deal, but when performed right, performing supersets will give you all the exercise you need.

Supersets save you a lot of time because you don't have to stop and let your muscles recover between every set. It also gives you the chance to work multiple muscle groups at the same time; alternatively, you can double up on one muscle group and really target a particular part of the body.

A great example of a superset would be to alternate between biceps curls and triceps kickbacks. These are opposing muscles, so you won't need recovery time between each set. Another good combination is deadlifts and shoulder presses. However, supersets aren't just reserved for strength training. If you want to fit in some cardio, you can alternate between weights and a cardio move, like jump squats or jump rope. Your heart rate will go through the roof!

The point of supersets is to work hard and increase the intensity, so if you don't feel your heart rate seriously elevating, you may not be working hard enough. You can do each superset three or four times, depending on how much time you have on your hands.

So even if you've only got 20 minutes on your hands, you could get in a full-body workout. One effective way to do a superset is to set a timer and get through as many rounds as you can. You'll be sweating in no time.

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