Supersets sound super hard. They’re not. But there is some confusion among newcomers as to what a superset actually is. Quiet simply, it’s doing two sets of exercises one after each other, effectively combining them into one super set. You can superset any two exercises, but some supersets are more effective than others. Read on to find out why.

Why Use them?

Because they tax the muscles more than single sets, supersets can make your muscles grow, fast. They are go-to regime for body builders. If you hit a muscle group, like say, your chest, in two slightly different directions, you’ll engage more muscle fibres, create more micro-tears leading to bigger growth. Also it shortens a workout. You can be done and chugging back a protein shake in your car in 40 minutes.

How to Do A Superset

Technically, you could do any two exercises (eg. farmers walk and jumping jacks) in a super set, but while it might give you some cardio benefit, the best idea is to combine two exercises that target one muscle group, each from a slightly different angle. The first exercise should be a challenging compound lift using the lion’s share of the muscle group, while the second should hit the same group but more in insolation. This will ensure the group is smashed and primed for growth.

Instructions

Do a set or prescribed reps of exercise “A” then immediately do a set of prescribed reps of exercise “B”. Rest 60 seconds. Repeat for prescribed number of sets. Move onto the next numbered exercise. Choose a light weight for each and work your way up over the course of the sets until you can just finish both exercise. Depending upon the intensity, you can alternate between Day I and Day II up to five days a week. Ensure you have at least 2 rest days a week. With good diet and rest, you should see real improvement (read growth) within a month.


Train Prime SUPERSET WORKOUT

(Click on the exercise to see an instructional youtube video)

DAY I

1A Bench Press

Sets: 3 Reps 10

Load the bar with what you think you can lift easily. Don’t be afraid to start with an empty barbell. No one give’s a shit and if they do, they’re twits. Lie on the bench, feet on the floor, grasp the bar and lift till your arms lock out. Lower the bar till it touches your chest and then push up, keeping your back as flat as possible. That’s one rep. Now immediately..

1B Dumbbell Fly

Sets: 3 Reps 10

Grab two dumbbells. Again, make them light. Don’t be afraid to use the silver ones you see girls using. Better that than dropping one and screaming like a banshee as your arm is ripped out of its socket. Lie on the bench with the ‘bells at the top touching, arms together. Bring them down so they are parallel with the floor, elbows slight bent. Now return to the start position.

Rest for 60 seconds then repeat for a total of 3 sets, then move onto…


2A Goblet Squat

Sets: 3 Reps 10

Grab a dumbbell or kettle bell and hold it in front of you, under your chin. Lower yourself into a squat, keeping your back straight and chest up. Move so your hips are below parallel then push through the heels to a standing position.

2B Let Extension

Sets: 3 Reps 10

Jump on the leg extension machine, hook your ankles under the pad and lift up. Pause at the top and squeeze, then lower slowly.

Rest for 60 seconds then repeat for a total of 3 sets, then move onto…


3A Chest Supported Row

Sets 3 Reps 10

Set an adjustable bench to 45 degrees and lie face first on the bench with a dumbbell in each hand. Pull the weights up to your hips, pulling your shoulders together.

 

3B Dumbbell Pullovers

Sets 3 Reps 10

Lie on a bench with a dumbbell supported above your head, arms locked out. Lower the weight back and away from your head until you feel a stretch. Now pull the weight back.


Rest 2 minutes

 

4 Plank

Sets 3 Hold for 45 seconds: Rest 45 seconds

Lie on the ground with your elbows on the floor supporting your body, back straight. Hold that position. That’s it.

 



DAY II

 

1A Deadlift

Sets 3 Reps 10

Load a bar up and stand close to it so your shins are almost touching it. Lower down and grab the bar. Keeping your back in a natural arch, stand up lifting the bar. Slowly lower the bar back down.

1B Leg Curl

Jump on the leg extension machine, hook your ankles under the pad and lift up. Pause at the top and squeeze, then lower slowly.

 


2A Dumbbell Overhead Press

Sets 3 Reps 10

Grab two light dumbbells off the rack and stand feet shoulder-width apart. Position the dumbbells at your shoulder, palms facing forward. Press the dumbbells up until they are overhead. Now lower slowly,

 

2B Lateral Raise

Again, take two light dumbbells off the rack and stand feet shoulder-width apart. Raise each one out to the side until it’s at 90 degrees.


 

3A Ez Bar curl

Sets 3 Reps 10

Grab the EZ-bar (the bar that looks like it’s bent in the middle) and load up a light weight. Keeping your elbows in, curl the bar up, now slowly lower it.

3B Tricep pull down

Go the tricep pull down machine and attach the rope or the metal V. Stand with either feet together or one in front of the other. Keeping elbows in, pull down, isolating the triceps.


4 Plank

Sets 3 Hold for 45 seconds: Rest 45 seconds

Lie on the ground with your elbows on the floor supporting your body, back straight. Hold that position. That’s it.

 


 

You’re DONE! Rehydrate. Then EAT.

 

Related: The 747 method