You may have heard a few trainers talking about super sets and giant sets and wondered what they are. Super sets are two exercises completed consecutively without rest between them. Each movement usually works opposing muscle groups. Giant sets are longer and can be three or more exercises completed consecutively without rest between them. A giant set exercise usually targets one part of your body and are still considered to be a type of super set.
The purpose of super sets is to shock your body, they can also serve as a way of pre exhausting a muscle group by super setting an isolation move and a compound move for the same muscle group. Another purpose of a giant set is to encourage fat burning since giant sets can be much more taxing to your cardiovascular system.
When done correctly super sets are useful for intensifying muscle shock (in order for them to grow) and fat burning; super sets can be a great cardio workout itself involving a wider range of motion than your average treadmill in gyms. Giant sets combine a greater amount of work into a smaller time frame meaning you’ll burn even more calories and speed up your metabolism while you’re at it.
Super sets are also great if you want to finish the workout as fast as possible and for full body workouts. To improve your sets it is important you get adequate rests after the workout to allow your body to recover. Gradually increase the amount you are lifting or use the same weight as your last workout but increase the amount of reps instead.