Your overall fitness can be improved with resistance exercise. However, a better workout can be achieved by burning fat both during and for a period of time after completing your resistance workout. By incorporating supersets into your routine, you can reap the benefits of enhanced weight loss, high metabolic function, and cardiovascular health. In this article, David Reagan, an Atlanta-based personal trainer, defines supersets, explains why they are beneficial, and gives you some tips for incorporating them into your workouts to achieve better results.
What Are Supersets?
Supersets are the performance of two separate exercises back-to-back. Unlike a traditional set where you might do three rounds of 10 pushups, a superset would require a round of pushups and a round of sit-ups back-to-back.
The two exercises that can be used in a superset vary. It’s an excellent idea to superset lower body and upper body exercises, exercises that oppose each other (pushing and pulling, for example), or two exercises that target the same muscle group but challenge those muscles in different ways.
Why Use Supersets?
By super setting, you double the amount of work you are doing while keeping the recovery periods the same as completing individual exercises.
This maximizes your valuable time spent working out and can help you to build muscle more quickly. You’ll also burn more fat because you are doing more work, burning off calories. Especially for individuals that are short on time, supersets are a leading method for trimming fat and building muscle without spending a ton of time at the gym.
How to Incorporate Supersets Into Your Workout
Whether you are working out at the gym or home, you can easily implement supersets into your workout for a better overall routine. Remember that if you are super setting at the gym, you’ll want to consider the equipment (free weights, plate-loaded machines, etc.) required to complete those exercises. Choose activities that can be performed close together to save your own time and make sure you aren’t in anyone else’s way.
In general, you will need to rest a bit longer between supersets in order for your body to recover. It’s important not to rest between the repetition itself. That is to say, if you are super setting pull-ups and pushups, you should rest only after you have completed both activities.
You should also be aware that your body will likely come away more fatigued than usual after implementing supersets into your workout. Eat a high-protein meal as soon as possible after your workout while your body is in a metabolic state to ensure that the muscle repair and rebuilding process can happen right away.
Your workout can be ignited by implementing supersets. Supersets can contribute to more effective fat burning for weight loss, faster muscle building, and better overall cardiovascular health. Try incorporating supersets to save time, have a more intense workout today, and let the results speak for themselves!
About David Reagan
David Reagan is a NASM Certified personal trainer from Atlanta, GA, specializing in weight loss, personalized workout plans, bodybuilding, and nutrition. He caters to high-end clients and executives in Atlanta, helping them achieve their fitness goals by accommodating their busy schedules. The client’s needs come first, and David’s fitness plan will set you up on the path to success.