Workout Tip: Supersets/ Compound Sets/ Giant Sets

By John Krueger (About the Author)

In order for your muscles to adapt and change it is important to add the stress necessary to build them. One of the best ways to do this is time under tension (TUT), in other words, simply elongating the amount of time your body or certain muscles are working (under stress). This can be done in a multitude of ways, like the previously covered drop sets. However today we are going to focus on super-sets, compound sets and giant sets. A super set is when you do two different exercises back to back for opposing or different muscle groups (ex. chest and back, biceps and triceps, hamstrings and quads, ect.). On the other hand a compound set is when you do two different exercises back to back for the same muscle group (ex. vertical pull and horizontal pull, chest press and a chest fly, squats and leg extensions ect.). A Giant set is when you do multiple (3 or more) exercises back to back. This can be done for the same muscle groups or opposing.  All of these techniques can be used using a variety of equipment and offers great variety while also greatly increasing the intensity of your workouts!

If you have any more questions regarding these techniques or would like to know more about how to program them into your workouts please shoot me an email. (