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REDSHOES2011
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3/31/13 12:49 P

The object of supersetting is to use time affectively and to cut down on long pauses.. If you use most important good form and correct weight plus adquate rest days- no problems..



AMBERDAWN64
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3/30/13 9:21 P

emoticon all for the info...
I think I'll give supersetting a try and see how I go...it's good to know I won't be doing any damage...which is my goal at the moment as a total beginner...
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UNIDENT
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3/30/13 2:57 P

Yes, it's "okay".

Better lifting results are achieved, personal bests etc, after a longer rest period between sets.

But supersetting is fine for functional fitness.



NAUSIKAA
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3/30/13 6:29 A

I do that sometimes when working smaller muscle groups. I don't think I'd want to do it after legs though. I usually want to die after a set of legs LOL!





ZORBS13
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3/29/13 7:37 P

yes, what you describe is called supersetting.



AMBERDAWN64
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3/29/13 7:32 P

Greetings, I've started doing some strength training as I've been told it's just as important as cardio for people with type 2 diabetes.

I'm using dumbells and ankle weights and doing 8 basic exercises (4 arm, 4 leg) from the "Strong Women, Strong Bones" book website www.strongwomen.com

It says "Perform 8 reps. Rest for one to two minutes and repeat to complete 2 sets of 8 reps."

My question is...instead of resting...is it ok for me to alternate between arm and leg exercises, thereby resting the arm muscles while I work the leg muscles & vice-versa?
Example:
8 Bicep curls
8 Leg curls
8 Bicep curls
8 Leg curls

If this is ok do do...it would save time and keep up my momentum...which helps with my motivation as I don't love exercise...YET! :-)

Thanks in advance for any help offered emoticon



 
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