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Five ways you can use supersets to leap over training roadblocks

Just as sissy squats suffer unfairly from having the worst name in bodybuilding, supersets benefit too much from having the coolest name. The moniker suggests they’re such an effective technique they could turn comic book fans into comic book heroes.

Well, supersetting is not the be-all and end-all of training techniques, but it’s certainly in the conversation when you’re talking about the most effective ways to increase your intensity. Supersets are simply two sets of different exercises performed one after the other without resting between the two. Officially, under the Weider Training Principles vernacular, “supersets” refers to sets done alternately for opposing muscle groups, such as triceps and biceps, and “compound sets” refers to doing two movements for the same muscle group; these days, however, “supersets” is the more commonly used term for any back-to-back exercise combo.

Virtually any experienced bodybuilder can benefit from such workout boosters, especially to shock complacent muscles. Here, we explain five different ways to superset and present a routine that utilizes each. No phone booth required.

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