Supersets Explained

by Marianne  - December 1, 2017

You’ll see that your workouts are often written out in supersets. These are also known as rounds (when it’s more than 2 exercises), or couplets (when there’s just a pair). When you do a superset, you perform 1 set of each exercise as listed according to the number and letter, then return to the beginning for set 2 of that super set. For example:

1a: Squat: 3×5

1b: Push-up: 3×5

2a. Swing: 3×10

2b. Single Arm Row: 3×10 each side

In this example, you perform 1a then 1b with as much or little rest as you need, then rest after 1b before returning for a second run-through of those 2 exercises. Once all 3 sets/rounds are done, you move on to 2a and 2b.

Sometimes there are more than 2 exercises in a superset, especially for conditioning or interval workouts.

“Traditional” Sets look like a number without a letter, like this:

    1. Squat: 3×5
    2. Push-Up: 3×5

In this example, you perform all 3 sets of the squat (with rest as needed) before doing any Push-ups.

You will see that I utilise Supersets more often as I find they’re more time-efficient.

That being said, if you find that the equipment you need for the superset can’t be worked out the way it’s written, then just do these exercises in a traditional set design.


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