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We often come across the term ‘superset’ when we go for a personal training session or experience a circuit-style workout session. It is undoubtedly one of the frequently used words in a gym. But what are they exactly? Today we bring to you in detail the infamous ‘superset’. 

What is a Superset?

A superset workout is a sample workout exercise- comprising alternate sets of different activities without any rest in between and like, doing a bicep curl and tricep curl sets without breaks but alternating in between. However, planning a superset workout doesn’t mean combining any two exercises. 

There is a correct way of mixing two sets of training into a superset with a specific goal in mind. The superset workout is about boosting the performance of the body, building muscle, burning fat, and cutting the workout time for enhanced results. It is found through research that superset exercises burn more calories and sweat than traditional exercise methods. However, an improper superset will leave the person with body aches, pains, and severe injuries. 

Types Of Superset Workout

Here are some super popular types of superset workouts you can try. 

1. True set (Antagonist Superset)

A true superset is that includes exercises that target the opposing muscle groups of the body, like a biceps curl along with a triceps extension. This enables the muscle to recover faster within the alternating sets. 

2. Compound Set (Agonist Superset)

In this superset, both the exercises are planned to target the same muscle groups, like a push-up exercise and a dumbbell bench press. These exercises would burn the fat and calorie burning from the same muscle group and are useful for increasing intensity as well as volume to a workout session. 

3. Unrelated Superset

As the name suggests, in this superset, the two exercises target entirely two different muscle groups, like lunges along with biceps curls. This kind of superset doesn’t drain out any additional strength in alternating between the two exercises. 

Unrelated Superset
Unrelated Superset

Superset Mistakes One Should Avoid

While doing the supersets, here are some mistakes that people commit and you should avoid. 

1. Overdoing your Core

Planning a superset workout for the core and overdoing is a strict no-no. The core is what keeps the body stable and regulates bodily strength and coordination. As such, over-exercising the core and tiring it out isn’t a good idea at all. This primarily applies to the workouts where there are significant movements that require much stability in the shoulders, hips, and core region integrated. As such, conducting core exercises in the midst will only bring in fatigue and harm posture. 

2. Ease the Spine

Your body is in sync with gravity. Doing gravity-defying workouts compresses the spine putting pressure on the framework. In such a time, when two super-compressive workout exercises are grouped in a superset, it brings in a lot of harm to the spine, and troubles with the posture start. One shouldn’t include multiple compression exercises in a single superset; it causes long-term damage and spinal issues. Instead, it is advisable to combine a compressive workout along with a decompressive workout in a single superset for better results. 

3. Attend the Back

The back muscles are the posterior chain of the body and require initial attention in a workout because they are the stabilizing musculature of the body. It is by training the posterior chain that the body gets the stability and jest for the forthcoming exercises. Giving attention to the posterior chain movements enables the body to go for more repetitions and lifts without harming the body. 

Superset workouts are strength conditioning and one of the most natural forms of workout, assembling two exercises into one and giving the body the much-needed strength and training. It is essential to keep the superset workouts always safe and smart, and the workout session entirely individualistic and goal-oriented, prioritizing the physical requirement and condition. Mastering the basics, following the don’ts of the technique, and getting the most out of the sets- that is the key to an effective superset workout!

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