Super workout from super-sets
Published 12/04/2010 | 05:00
A recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning compared the metabolic costs of performing reciprocal super-sets versus traditional resistance exercise.
A reciprocal super-set is when you perform an exercise like a chest press, rest a period of time and then perform one set of exercises on the opposing muscles to the chest, ie the back, before repeating.
The researchers concluded that the super-set group burned more calories per minute than the traditional weight-training group. So if workout time is limited, and the goal is to drop some excess fat, a super-set-based workout may be superior to sitting and performing the traditional resistance methods.
Reciprocal super-setting means that as one side of the body is working the opposing muscle rests, and we can keep the intensities and weights up as we don't fatigue on that muscle group as quickly. This also means we can get our workout done in less time.