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Breakthrough Fitness

Six Must Try Exercise Pairings For Strength And Conditioning


Doing two exercises that work different muscles groups back to back.

Compound super sets

Doing two exercises back to back that work the same muscle groups.

We will just refer to them both as supersets for the rest of this article.

We are all limited on the time we can commit to fitness. Therefore, maximizing our time should be of utmost importance. Supersets or pairing movements together allow us to do more quality work in the same time period. If you are doing more work in the same amount of time, you’ll be sweating and breathing a bit differently. This is happening because you are creating a different demand from the body. A good thing if you are trying to improve in all areas of fitness:

  • Strength
  • Endurance, cardio, conditioning, whatever you want to call it.
  • Power
  • Agility/Coordination
  • Mobility
  • Changes in physique – less fat, more muscle.

A few ways to pair exercises

  • Push/pull working opposing muscle groups – Push ups / Body rows
  • Lower body / upper body – Goblet squat / Push ups
  • Same muscle group – Shoulder press / lateral raises
  • Same muscle group different pattern – Deadlifts (hinge) / lunges (single leg)

There are many variables that go into a fitness program – exercise selection,sets, repetitions, rest periods, tempo of movement (fast or slow), load (amount being lifted) and range of motion.

Train smart by not changing all the variables at one time. If you make a change in rest periods between and after exercises you are also making a change in the load because you won’t be able to lift the same weights due to fatigue.  Make the change, adapt and progress from there.

I hope I have you hungry for supersets or pairing exercises together. Now, don’t just start pairing up things for the hell of it. You want to make sure the wine compliments the meal.

Here is a sampler of tasty exercise pairings for you to enjoy!

Keep moving,

Coach Dom