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All at once or systematically?

Post by yevlar2 » Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:24 pm

Generally speaking, is it better to do all sets for a particular excercise one right after the other, or to cycle through one set of each excercise, then move on to the second set for each? Or does this depend on your fitness goals?

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Post by Ironman » Mon Oct 30, 2006 2:33 am

Either way works. It depends on how you split it or if you split it. It can depend on how busy the gym is and if people will steal your equipment. You do want to do all your chest and back before you do your shoulders and arms. You can also superset muscle groups like chest and back. like this:
bench press
bent over row
incline dumbbell press
front pulldown
Then maybe move on to shoulders.

You don't have to rest as long with that because your chest rests while you are working your back. So you can have much less rest between sets then if you did all the chest sets one after the other.

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Post by TimD » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:19 am

Ironman pretty much summed it up. I think it boils down to personal preference and goals. For general fitness, I like the circuit method. You can move through the whole body very quickly, really raising the metabolism. If I was training for hypertrophy, I'd probably stay with straight sets or supersets, to focus in more on the muscle groups. For absolute strength in a given move, i.e. powerlifting, I'd probably stay with straight sets or possibly supersets.
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Post by yevlar2 » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:33 am

Cool. Thanks!

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Post by Matt Z » Fri Nov 03, 2006 12:23 pm

Alternating biceps (curls) and triceps (extensions) also works well.

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