If you have been lifting weights for sometime or have beenreading bodybuilding magazines and journals, you would haveprobably heard of super setting. However, how often have youseen people super setting when weight lifting? If you did, didyou notice those guys who were super setting were almostinvariably the bigger boys. If you want to be big, then whydidn’t you superset like them since you have seen that supersetting can help you build big muscles?
What is weight lifting superset? A superset is when you performtwo exercises back to back with no rest in between the exercises. There are a few variations of superset such as,antagonistic muscle superset, pre-exhaustion superset and postexhaustion superset…..etc. We will discuss just these 3 of themore popular supersets in this article.
• Antagonistic Muscles Superset
An antagonistic super set is when you exercise opposite musclegroup. Although they are opposite muscles, they actuallysupport each muscle during your movements. For example, whenyou do dumb bell curls for your biceps, when you lower the dumbbells, your triceps are called into action as well. Similarly for the negative movement of a bench press, your back is working too like when you are doing the bent over row. So for example of an antagonistic superset on your, say chestand back day, do a bench press routine then follow up with abent over row or vice versa. That will be one superset. Rest for 2-3 minutes and then proceed with the second set and so on.This will work the muscles involved more deeply than mere straight sets.
• Pre-exhaustion Superset
In a pre-exhaustion superset, you work on the same muscle groupwith an isolation exercise and then follow up with a compoundexercise without rest in between sets. For example, still onyour chest and back day, you work out with dumb bell flyes(chest isolation exercise) then immediately thereafter with abench press (chest compound exercise). By performing with an isolation exercise first (flyes), youpre-exhuast the targeted muscles you are working on, which inthis instance are your pectorals (pecs) and then hit your pecshard again with a compound movement (bench press) that allowsother muscles that are still fresh such as your deltoids andtriceps to assist your pecs in the exercise.
• Post – Exhaustion Superset
Another version of super setting is the post-exhaustion method.It is the exact reverse of the pre-exhaustion. In other words,lift compound exercise first and then follow up with anisolation exercise for the same muscle group. It will allow youto lift heavier weight for the compound exercise because yourtargeted muscle group is not pre-exhausted yet. Vary each of these various forms of superset every 2 – 3 monthsand watch your muscles explode with big massive muscle growth.
About The Author: Chris Chew is a personal trainer of pageantwinners, models, actors and other celebrities. See his trainingsystem at http://www.sgfitness.com and Fitness InstructorsSingapore.
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