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arya202
04-24-2006, 04:50 PM
I hear those terms alot around here and still don't know what they are.

deeder
04-24-2006, 04:59 PM
Superset: you do an exercise then immediately after another for the same muscle (some people do them for opposite muscle)
ie - set of skull crushers then without rest a set of dips or, a set of DB rows followed immediately by a set of flat DB press

Splits: Rather than training the full body everytime they go to the gym lots of people choose to use a split which works one or two bodyparts once a week.
ie:
monday - legs
wednesday - back/bi
friday - chest/tri

arya202
04-24-2006, 05:11 PM
Alright man thanks alot! What's the benefit of a superset? Wouldn't your muscle already be torn from the last exercise?

deeder
04-24-2006, 06:35 PM
Alright man thanks alot! What's the benefit of a superset? Wouldn't your muscle already be torn from the last exercise?

Your muscles are tired from the first exercise and you make it work some more... It helps to engage all the muscle fibers rather than just the slow twitch ones.

Don't do this all the time though... If you don't know what you're doing or know your body really well it's pretty easy to burn out doing super sets ;)

Stumprrp
04-24-2006, 06:46 PM
deeder covered it, supersets are a very cool way to vary your training which you should always do IMO.

Very taxing supersets are squats and legpress, pullups and pulldowns, db bench and bb bench, ect.