I could really use some help with supersets. In my certification I learned to superset a strength exercise with a stabilization exercise that works the same muscles. I see lots of options online where people superset 2 different exercises to keep things fun for the client and to accomplish more work in a shorter time due to not needing a long rest period, etc. Can someone clarify supersetting for general fitness? Or is supersetting only used in hypertrophy type of training? For example: would combining a dumbbell pec fly into a triceps kickback be considered a superset or is that just considered combining two exercises into one movement?
People are often confused by the term ‘supersets’.
The NSCA looks at the issue in the following manner:
1) A superset is when two exercises (that work opposite muscles) are done back to back. An example is when a bench press is done after a barbell row.
2) A compound set is when two exercises (that work the same muscles) are done back to back. An example is when a leg curl follows a Romanian deadlift.
Supersets (based on the above definition) allow people to do more exercises in a given session.
Compound sets (based on the above definition) force the muscle to do more work in a given time slot.
1 or 2 can be used. The personal trainer should be able to determine which one is best for each client.
I hope this helps with the issue of supersets!