While there’s no magic pill you can take to instantly get bigger muscles, there ARE a few tips and tricks to help speed up the process, including one that we’ll share today – mixing up your routine with supersets.
One of the keys to successful bodybuilding is to avoid plateaus (when your body and muscles get used to your “regular routine”), and supersets offer a great way to mix things up. Supersetting means doing sets of two different exercises with little or no rest in between. These can be working the same muscles group or different, depending on your goals. For example, you might start off targeting your chest with a set of dumbbell bench presses, immediately followed by a set of pec flys. After completing your first “superset,” you may rest for 60-120 seconds, and then repeat.
Supersets help you:
- Save time by lessening the amount of time spent sitting, walking around, etc.
- Increase intensity in your workouts and keep things interesting
- Overload your muscles without needing heavy weights. This is particularly helpful if you don’t have a spotter available but still want to get a useful workout in.
For more info about supersets, including various types of supersetting, check out this excellent article from About.com.