Super Sets Vs. Straight Sets: Which is better?

Super Sets Vs. Straight Sets: Which is better?

It's usually hard to tell the right amount because there is so much information out there. 

Depending on your goals this will obviously vary and will determine what's better for you. 

Let's go over when to use Super Sets or Straight Sets in your workout routine.

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We are going to talk all about straight sets, super sets, and everything in between. 

Supersets vs straight sets - which is better when it comes to reaching your health and fitness goals



What are supersets?

This is when you are performing two or more exercises back to back followed by a short rest (but not always).

Example: 16 walking lunges followed immediately by 20 squats with only 30 seconds of rest after both exercises have been completed for this set.


The benefits of supersets

  • saves time in your workouts by reducing the rest intervals
  • short resting periods increases the intensity of the workout
  • allows you to overload the muscles you are working 
  • boosts metabolism


The disadvantages of super sets

  • not being used correctly in order to properly overloading the muscles
  • taking up more than two machines at the same time


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Straight Sets

What are Straight Sets?

 Where you perform the same number of reps with the same weight for each set. Only one exercise at a time before moving onto the next.

Example: 3 sets of 12 reps of dumbbell bicep curls with 20 pounds completed before moving on to bent over rows.


The benefits of using Straight Sets 

  • helps to increase form and focus on the muscle being worked
  • great for hypertrophy
  • helps to add mass and gain strength


The disadvantages of using Straight Sets

  • typically longer workouts
  • not usually ideal if you are looking to lean down



Supersets vs. Straight Sets - which is better with the pros and cons of it all

Deciding what you need

Based on goals

If you are looking to build muscle and strength straight sets are ideal.

If you are looking to lean down then supersets are more ideal.


Based on needs

Straight sets are great if you have more time to spend in your workouts. Where as supersets will help you to save some time.


Based on abilities

If you are a beginner and learning different exercises, straight sets are better to be able to learn correct form and focus on the muscles being worked. 

If you are more advanced and are not new to exercising, you would be equip to do supersets.


At the end of the day, it depends on what is best for YOU and what you are looking to achieve. 

If you absolutely dread your workouts, you will be less likely to do them. So it's important to make sure they fit you. 

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