Definition: A superset is a combination of one exercise performed right after the other with no rest in between them. There are two ways to implement a superset.
- Using Two Exercises for the Same Muscle Group: The first way is to do two exercises for the same muscle group at once. For example, doing cable curls immediately followed by dumbbell curls is an example of a biceps superset. The drawback to this technique is that you will not be as strong as you usually are on the second exercise. However, this is a great technique to pre-exhaust a muscle and really isolate it.
- Using Two Exercises for Antagonistic Muscle Groups or Different Muscles: The second and best way to superset is by pairing exercises of opposing muscle groups such as Back and Chest, Thighs and Hamstrings, Biceps and Triceps; or different muscle movements such as Shoulders and Calves, Upper Abs and Lower Abs. When pairing antagonistic exercises, there is no drop of strength whatsoever once your cardiovascular system is well conditioned and this is a great way to save time!
Alternate Spellings: super-sets