drop sets/super sets
- 03-31-2010, 10:30 PM
drop sets/super sets
right now i am trying to cut off only a bit of fat but still gain muscle. i am eating a clean bulk but doing cardio after my workout. for my goal, what r your thoughts on doing drop sets or super sets during my workout? ive been doing them the past week and i wake up extremely sore.
- 04-01-2010, 12:29 AM
I love using super sets. Think they ate great to use to get rid of fat. Also high rep fast cleans. Reps of like 15-20 are one of my favorites
- 04-01-2010, 06:55 AM
I always throw them in. Sometimes, at the end, I'll drop two or even three times (three is easier on cable or dumbbells). They finish off a muscle, get your heart beating, and give a killer pump!
04-01-2010, 10:49 PM
Drop sets are more for strength in my opinion. Supersetting is great for keeping your heart rate up, that's how I keep my body fat down. I burn too many cals doing it!
04-02-2010, 12:59 PM
i agree. im trying to cut my fat down a little bit and add muscle so im lifting and eating like a clean bulk, but doing more drop sets and cardio till may where i will really cut.
04-02-2010, 01:31 PM
i agree...i love supersets...when doing them i like to make sure i'm supersetting muscles in different ways...for example i won't superset flat barbell bench press with flatdumbell bench press but i may superset flat barbell bench press with incline flys...or a front delt raise superset with rear delt lateral raise
04-04-2010, 11:00 PM
04-05-2010, 07:55 AM
i use supersets to keep the heart rate up...also works well if your squeezing in a workout and can't be there all day
04-05-2010, 11:01 AM
I wouldn't superset for mass or strength, unless you are doing slooooow supersets with alternating body parts.
I may do weighted dips, rest a minute, barbell curls, rest a minute, back to dips. That way between each set of dips there's a couple minutes rest, and same for bb curls. So technically it's still supersetting but without the increased heart rate, and I can still hit the rep range I want with the weight I want.
04-05-2010, 09:01 PM
04-05-2010, 09:27 PM
Like chubbin said- arms pumped full of blood. Before NO products came out there were only drop sets. I use them whether I'm cutting or trying to bulk. If you're cutting you should be doing high reps anyways, and if you're doing thee 6-8 range, a good drop set on the last exercise for each muscle group really torches the muscle, gets it pumped, and primes it for growth.
I've always used them and always will!
04-05-2010, 10:01 PM
supersetted workouts with a FST-7 style finishing exercise will have u sweating and pumped to the fullest.
Fst-7 would just be 7 sets 10-12 reps with 15 seconds rest in between each set
04-07-2010, 10:43 PM
04-08-2010, 04:12 PM
It requires more muscle fibers to activate. One day, at the end of a workout, try dropping about 20%, go to failure, then drop another 20% and go to failure, then one more time (if muscles are too exhausted at least get a couple of negatives)
04-08-2010, 04:27 PM
I've been utilizing a lot of giant sets recently and LOVING them. I'll pick a weight I could do straight for 5reps and do 3 reps for 4-5 movements without rest. It's killer.
move as fast as possible between lifts
Pin Squat: 385x3 Cluster
Olympic Front Squat: 275x3
Back Squat: 315x3
Barbell Hack: 405x3
Step DB Calf Raise: 75x3
Do this 5 times and call me evil.
04-08-2010, 06:34 PM
04-08-2010, 07:01 PM
04-08-2010, 10:27 PM
04-10-2010, 04:56 PM
04-10-2010, 05:46 PM
Begin with a high-load partial ROM, allowing for CNS preparation (i.e. Pin squats)
Transition to a more demanding movement on which you must use a much lighter load (Front Squats). Using the Pin Squats first will make the Front Squats feel lighter.
Transition to an easier movement and either maintain the load or increase is slightly, depending upon your training capacity (Back Squats). You descending a ladder of difficulty as the set progresses, and you'll be winded now but the squats should still be easier than the front squats you just did.
Finish off with an even easier movement with smaller ROM (BB Hacks) and your quads will thank you.
The CNS is fine because in between each movement, even if your transitioning as fast as possible, you'll still have 10-15sec of lag time. Additionally, you're not using maximal load - only 2-3reps with a 5RM.
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